Photos From The #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

During the #EtsyCIJ 2018 event the Etsy Christmas In July team has been hosting a photo challenge.

Many team members shared their photo during day of the challenge. Please join us as we celebrate their photos!

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  1. CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge 2018
  2. Emily from OrnamentationShoppe Instagram: ornamentationshoppe
  3. zizzybob from zizzybob Instagram: zizzybob
  4. Linda from LindaBrittDesign Instagram: brittdesign2
  5. Heather from MooseintheMint Instagram: mooseinthemint
  6. Cristal from DesignsbyCristal Instagram: Creativedesignsbycristal
  7. Alissa from PoppyAndPeonyDesigns Instagram: poppyandpeonydesigns
  8. Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter Twitter: TandTCrafter 
  9. Britney from LitByBrit Instagram: litbybritmelts

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  1. CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge 2018
  2. Claudia Marie from ClaudiaMarieFelt Instagram: claudiamariefelt
  3. Rebecca from OrnamentsbyRebecca Instagram: ornaments_by_rebecca
  4. Judith from FabriArts Instagram: fabriarts
  5. Clara from elliottsplayground Instagram: elliottsplayground
  6. Diana from joliefemmebydiana Instagram: joliefemmebydiana
  7. Peggy from christmaskeepsakes Instagram: peggyrhuff
  8. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1
  9. Judy from PiecesOfMePaperCraft Instagram: piecesofmepapercrafts

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJLovesJuly photo challenge!

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Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party this year with a photo! What is a party the opportunity to take goofy photos in a booth?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired photo booth items.

Gina from ArigigiPixel says: 

This is a red, green and white MERRY CHRISTMAS party banner – DIY flag garland. This digital product is perfect for your holiday party! See additional details in Gina’s shop!

ArigigiPixel

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I started making little knitted socks and mitten ornaments when a friend gave the patterns she had developed. I used the leftover yarn from the socks that my Mom knits for the whole family. At first they were just for gifts for my friends and family, but they are fun to knit out of self-striping yarn, so I kept going, eventually selling them at local craft fairs and here on Etsy. Soon, the ends that Mom supplied weren’t enough, so I started haunting the yarn stores for more colours of wool (my yarn stash is growing now to rival my stash of quilting fabric)! Then I started knitting more little mitts and socks and stringing them in a row to make a garland.

When I make pairs of socks or mitts, I like to make sure that they match. The self-patterning yarn usually has a “repeat”….once I’ve knit 3 or 4 socks/mitts, I get back to the same place so I can knit the matching sock or mitten. Occasionally, the repeat is very hard to find, or there’s not enough yarn to make another, and I end up with a sock or mitt that doesn’t have a match. That’s when I came up with concept of the mis-matched garlands. It reminds me of the times when my kids always lost just one of their mittens and didn’t have a match…..or the “sock monster” ate one of a pair in the dryer (do the socks ever go missing in pairs?).

Now I have a stash of little single socks and single mitts ready to be strung on a garland when I get enough that I think coordinate.

I also make garlands of socks or mitts that all coordinate – a single colour or from a single ball of yarn. More of those will be available in my FabriArts shop in the fall.

FabriArts

Christmas Decor – #CIJParty 2017

Guest Contributor post by Judith from FabriArts
The Christmas season is my favourite time of year to decorate. I usually start on December 1st and when my kids were small, we had a game to identify which new decoration I placed out each day. Combined with Advent calendars where they could add a decoration each day, the excitement built each day until the big events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots of ideas to help with your holiday decorating. Whether you want handcrafted original items for your tree, your walls, your sofa, shelves or tables, cards, prints or paper goods or vintage finds, the members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots for you to choose from. We even have Christmas accessories for your pets! Buy now, and ensure that you’ll have everything ready for that special time of year – no waiting around, hoping that your items will arrive in time!

Here are just a few items available. Visit these Etsy shops to discover more treats in store for your holiday decorating!

These bright, colorful, fun and positive dolls are very similar to small Christmas dwarfs or fairies. Each of them could represent you or a family member! Nice, cute figurines will decorate your Christmas tree and make it unique and cozy! This is especially important if there are children in the house. My family and I have received a lot of positive emotions from the process of working on these dolls, and I hope I can convey the mood to you. The toys are made entirely of natural materials: wood beads, cork, cotton yarn, jute yarn. Those doll faces are decorated using a wood burning tool.

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Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says:

These beach glass ornaments will brighten up any Christmas tree. I have an indoor, large palm tree that I put them on and it brings back memories of my Family Florida Christmas’s.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These decorations are beautiful one of a kind Christmas ornaments, and as such are a perfect keepsake for family and friends. They are also great memory gifts for teachers.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

This year I fell in love with charms and then it was just a small step to design Christmas ornaments with them–rich reds and bright greens with creamy pearls and whimsical charms compliment any tree. Use them on your wreath as well or add charm to your gift bags for the holidays!

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These Christmas stars are all custom made to order.  They are great for children with unusual names, ideal for toddlers who are just starting to recognize their initials, and can have the year stamped on the back (perhaps for a first Christmas). It’s lovely to be able to make matching decorations for a whole family.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love Christmas decorations, especially handmade ones. The reason that I like “handmade decorations” is because each one is unique … not mass produced … a lot of love and attention to detail goes into making handmade items … and that’s important to me!

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Christmas ornaments aren’t the biggest seller in June, but we keep them listed all year long because we Love Christmas! Just when the thoughts of Christmas are so far away, we are thankful for the Etsy CIJ Team bringing Christmas Joy in July (and all year long)!

We engrave our crystal ornaments with any design option we have available, any font in our selection, and accept custom order requests. Christmas ornaments make the best gifts for Baby Showers and Newborns, Newlyweds and Anniversary Gifts, and to Commemorative Any Special Event!

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DesignstheLimit

Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

These minimalist wooden Christmas decorations were hand painted carefully with love. I’m always inspired by minimalism and these alternative Xmas decorations are just perfect for the modern homes: Scandinavian, Minimalistic, Neutral Pastel interiors.

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KNOTandLiving

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a fun sock monkey teeny tote! Makes a fun decoration for table or mantel and also makes a great gift! The bright colors and fun little sock monkey with a Santa outfit will make you smile!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Every time is possible, I love to craft using natural materials. And I think that so many kinds of nuts and a red bow can very well represent a handmade and unique Christmas decoration!

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of Christmas in my childhood I always remember the drives in the evening through the snowy landscape of Germany (my dad was a veterinarian and had to go out to the farms, being it Christmas or not, and I often accompanied him). It was dark, but the car’s headlights would illuminate the snow laden trees at the side of the country roads. Those memories inspired me to make a mini canvas that can be used as an Christmas ornament. I added the moose because the forest is their habitat and it creates a serene atmosphere.

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

This Enesco ornament is one of my favorites as it is part of the save the Earth collection and promotes recycling with a elf sitting on top of a recycling bin. At Christmas we do our very best to enjoy the season in a green way by keeping the wrappings to a minimum and making gifts for each other and our love ones.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love Christmas decor. As A child I did not celebrate Christmas nor decorate. I was always a collector. When my daughter was a child I collected music boxes. Sadly most of them broke in storage. I found this Christmas music box at a benefit flea market fair. So I helped others, collected another music box and got an Etsy item to sell.

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Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

I have always loved everything Christmas ever since I was a little girl. One of my favourite things are Snowmen – which is funny, since I live in Australia and we celebrate Christmas in the Summer! Over the years I have collected many different Snowmen in many forms, so have decided to share some of my collection with someone else who loves them as much as me! This sweet little fellow would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor!

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I love finding Christmas items at estate sales! Most of the time they are in fantastic condition and carefully stored. My daughter and I recently found this Sad Elf. He’s not wearing traditional Christmas colors and we thought that made him “unique.”

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Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts says:

 A cute snowman to bring Christmas love and cheer in your home. He will bring a smile to everyone’s face for the holidays

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Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest says:

This is one of my miniature dollhouse / fairy garden Christmas decor collections featuring a mini stocking, tree skirt and ornaments. Each of my designs are original and handmade by me with the intent of spreading a bit of the joy and happiness that went into their creation!

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Jennie Clark from FromBasementToArt says:

Heirloom was my Pfaltzgraff pattern when I married a looong time ago. Finding these holiday candlestick holders was a joy.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have found that taking images from my antique postcard collection and turning them into decorative pillow covers a wonderful way to combine two of my favorite things. I tend to favor Christmas decor with an old-style feeling as it brings warm memories flooding back.  Nothing quite like a sleigh ride on a frosty day to fill the air with laughter!

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

Something I always put up at Christmas time are my Advent calendars. Last year, I had 3 of them on the go at the holiday season. I make quilted Advent calendars, which can be used year after year. They all have little pockets that can be filled with treats, toys, messages or small gifts that can be treasured each day in December to count down to Christmas. This modern design is one of my favorites!

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

I love Christmas anything! My friends call me Cristal Christmas! For me it’s not about the gifts under the tree it’s about what’s on the tree and all the loving festivities that come with the holiday. At my house I have something Christmas related in every room so this got me to thinking why not create some Christmas decor for pets. I’m sure there are some lovers of Christmas out there just like me! If I could afford it I’d let all my Christmas decor stay up all year long.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These large gold flickering sequins are ideal for adding your own flair to your Christmas decor … glittery and shiny they dd sparkle and pizzazz to Christmas wreaths, bunting, cards and any Christmas craft you may have in mind!

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I think receiving a handmade Christmas card shows that the sender has put a little more care into his card giving. Each card is cutout and hand assembled. Red foil is used on the ornament background.

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Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop says:

This photo is of my Christmas Tree decorated with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments. The ornaments were handed down to me. They are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being able to decorate my tree with these family ornaments, makes it feel like everyone is still together and brings back great memories of Christmas past. In processing the photo, I added a “vintage feel” to accent the ornaments.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The first Christmas together as a couple is so special, it deserves a party all its own. More often than not, those first few years are lean ones financially, and Stock Lane Studio has affordable, printable holiday decorations that will turn any place into a Christmas home.

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Dana Martin from IllCallYouFromParis says:

This wintery Snow Birds watercolor print is a festive holiday decoration that you can keep up all year long!

IllCallYouFromParis

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Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Narelle / FELTBYNARELLE / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Dawn / DeeDeeSupplies / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Vaishali / NVillustration / India / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jovita / alabatis / Lithuania / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5.  Przemila / CanisArtStudio / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Luiza / MinkuLUL / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Veronika / TapsikDesign / Slovakia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Anne Irene Angelshaug / Angelshaug / Norway / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. RosesWorkshop /RosesWorkshop / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Diana / DianaSianCrafts / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Judith / FabriArts / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. CartoCreativeCartoCreative / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

 

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – International Focus!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus: FabriArts

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – Judith from FabriArts

FabriArts

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

My shop is FabriArts. I am inspired when i see a particular fabric in a quilt shop, or view inspiring quilts, embroidery and other fabric arts on blogs and other social media platforms.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

I started by selling mostly small items such as my fiber art cards and small wallets since I wasn’t sure I wanted to invest in larger and pricier items. Now my best sellers are table linens (table runners, place mats, mugs rugs and coasters) and quilted Advent calendars although I still keep my shop stocked with the smaller items.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love working with fabrics and threads. It’s exciting to see something come to fruition that I’ve been imagining in my head. Although I use a quilt design software to plan many of my projects it’s still never the same as my finished works.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

Alternative rock is my go-to music style. Imagine Dragons to the Barenaked Ladies, Mumford and Sons and Fade Chromatic (my son’s band) are always on my playlist as well as some more folk style artists like Enya, Loreena MCKennnit and Florence and the Machine.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I admit I like to read chick lit. I’ve just discovered Sonali Dev as an author and I’m reading “A Change of Heart” which is about the illegal trade of organs for transplant. I always read in bed before I go to sleep and in the summer one of my favorite places to read is on the deck at the cottage overlooking the lake.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: FabriArtsToronto

Instagram: fabriarts

Pinterest: FabriArts

Website: FabriArts

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus! A party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

1. Narelle / FELTBYNARELLE / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Dawn / DeeDeeSupplies / Australia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Vaishali / NVillustration / India / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Jovita / alabatis / Lithuania / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

5.  Przemila / CanisArtStudio / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Luiza / MinkuLUL / Poland / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Veronika / TapsikDesign / Slovakia / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. Anne Irene Angelshaug / Angelshaug / Norway / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. RosesWorkshop /RosesWorkshop / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Diana / DianaSianCrafts / United Kingdom / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. Judith / FabriArts / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. CartoCreativeCartoCreative / Canada / #CIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #1 2017 – International Focus!

Spring Supplies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Supplies are the things that help us in creating what we all create. They are essentially the backbone of our creations. Here at CIJ we want to know all about your Spring Supplies.

Do you have supplies that make you think of spring? Do your supplies come in spring colors? What can you tell us about them? What are they good for? What makes them special and so on?

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says supplies is what I do!! As a gem dealer and jeweler I have noticed a serious trend this year and that is TOURMALINE!!! So far this year, I have sold more Tourmaline than any other gemstone. Here is a really great example of one of the over the top simply gorgeous pair of Watermelon tourmaline Gemstones that can be used in a lovely design. I have many different colors and designs to choose from in my shop, and continue to list more and more items daily. One of the most popular this year is Indicolite Tourmaline which is on of the most rare colors for tourmaline BLUE.

Watermelon Tourmaline Cabochon

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said of course, spring makes me think of flowers! One of the most beautiful things about a beautiful season! This set of digital papers has floral designs as well as dots and stripes. The colors are purple, lavender and mint – perfect for spring bulbs. The set would be good for scrap booking and spring card making.

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Purple flower digital scrapbook pack

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states that spring is my most favourite time of the year! I love the flowers especially and the warmer weather. I made this paper pack with spring in mind. I included flowers, butterflies and lovely spring themed papers ready to use for craft projects, snail mail, scrapbooking, journaling. I included bright colours which make me think of Spring!

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Flower paper pack

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I love spring pastels, and the art and craft projects that result when parents and kids, grandparents and grandchildren, teachers and students, sit around a table and create! Our hand punched hearts in our supply shop, Stock Lane Paper, have so many uses. Using recycled paper, these colorful hearts have the right amount of pastel with just a touch of glitter to add sparkle to your best project ever.

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Colorful paper heart tags

Judith Messenger from FabriArts said when I think of spring, I think of all the leaves and flowers that start to bloom.

Silken Chenille thread is great for creating those leaves and flowers in thread. It’s got lots of texture, so can really make those flowers stand out from your embroidered piece! Use it for spider web roses, outlining wool applique pieces with straight stitches or for straight stitches on linen or needlepoint canvas.

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Silken chenille thread

Agnes Keh from DeStashAttic said spring makes me think of leaves and flowers too.

These very rare vintage reverse carved painted floral sew on beads are perfect for spring! They can be sewed onto fabrics to make unique bags and purses or decorate any sewing projects, but I used them to make lovely jewelry! As they came with front drilled holes on top and button, great as connector beads!

Vintage Plastic Beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said I love Spring – it is the time for regrowth and new warmth after months of dormancy.

These clear flower beads are very ‘Spring’ and are great because they are transparent, so that whatever spring colour you thread through them will be visible! How Springy is that!!

Clear Faceted Loose Flower Acrylic Beads

Clear Faceted Loose Flower Acrylic Beads