#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – SilverFoxAntiques

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Robert from SilverFoxAntiques



1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

SilverFoxAntiques – I offer a wide variety of vintage, antique and yes some handmade items from recycled items that I just can’t seem to throw out. A love of design and history are strong features in my shop. I am always glad to explain the history of an item.

2.Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in Florida near the sea, originally a New Englander (we don’t throw much out ) and appreciate “Old Florida” and it’s mix of history and flavors as well as the new emerging Florida creating its own sense of history. I am and always have been tied to the water.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

The Customers. Many keep in touch just because they can. If I don’t have the needed item at the time, I refer to other Etsy stores, it keeps them returning as buyers, and a good relationship with a buyer is important.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

I have grown my business in the past year on Etsy, but more than that I have increased my communication skills with customers and with other dealers. Communication on the internet is very different that in person and requires patience, practice, and timing.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

Twofold; Branding, I would like to see it become stronger better defined and promoted with less time devoted to that; and the recycled items are currently worked into the current shop, I am trying to figure out a better way to deal with that and still keep them within the shop.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/silverfoxantiques12

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/anteeks4fun/

Twitter: twitter.com/BobClough1

Google+: plus.google.com/u/0/109937604983042236961/posts


#CIJPopUpMarket – DesignedbyAnneliese

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese



1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop is called DesignedbyAnneliese. I love to make things using paper including cards, gift tags, embellishments and paper punches. I also love to try new crafts and I have a couple of jewellery items in the mix! My shop is a bit of a mix of all sorts of paper things.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in Sydney, Australia in a townhouse with my husband and 2 gorgeous sons. My family is where I get my inspiration from for my creations. We live very close to a lovely park which is great for walking by the river.

3. What is your greatest business achievement?

I have only been open for roughly 4 months. In that time I have had a few custom orders which I love doing. Each time I have an order come through, I am so happy there is someone who likes my things!!

4. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love to continue doing custom orders for people. I would like to keep trying new and different crafts and seeing where it leads me!

5. What are your social media sites?

Google + DesignedbyAnneliese


#CIJPopUpMarket – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpmarket – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns



1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop name is DeeDeeDeesigns. My shop is unique because everything I create is handmade and one of a kind – so you are guaranteed a unique piece of wearable art or home art.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

I live in a semi rural area of central Victoria, Australia. This environment influences the colours and textures of my creations.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

I am a night person so don’t do the 9-5 very well, so having my own small business, especially one I can run from home, suits my bodies natural rhythms.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Writing a book about ceramics and having it published.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would like to continue growing my business and achieve more regular sales through my Etsy shop.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/deedeedeesignsaustralia

Twitter: www.twitter.com/deedeedeesigns

Blog: dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com

Google +: plus.google.com/u/0/+DawnWhitehand

Social Media And Its Impact On Your Small Business

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Social media are  tools that allow people to create, share or exchange information, ideas, and pictures/videos in virtual communities and networks.

These tools are a great way for Small Business to network, publish and market their works.

Christmas in July team asked how Social media impact their business and also what they use it for.

Social Media Icons

Social Media Icons

Nancy Duncan of EponasCrystals states:

I use pinterest, facebook, twitter and amazine. Just started on tumblr.

I seem to have the best response on pinterest, but that is also my favorite.

Facebook doesn’t bring in much traffic at all, but I don’t devote much time to it.

I post my items from my shop. Basically use it as advertising, although I do reciprocate with LIKES, follows, etc. I just don’t get much interaction.

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/eponascrystals/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crystalsbyepona
Tumblr: eponascrystals.tumblr.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/eponascrystals
Amazine: www.amazine.com/user/eponascrystals


AliciasFindings says:

I use my social media accounts to network with other sellers,so I can learn things to help my shop grow.
I also use it to publish my items-usually on facebook and pinterest.

I use pinterest as a marketing helper by finding all kinds of business tutorials and info so I can use it in my shop or for my shop.

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AliciasFindings

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alicias-Findings/113535328774145

Wanelo: http://wanelo.com/aliciasfindings

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111140267387525827813/posts


Lin Collette of rhodyart lets me know:

I have a love-hate relationship with social media because I really am not sure it’s worth the time and effort.

My Facebook page (facebook.com/rhodyart) is where I really do like to post things, but it’s not just my work I’ve wanted to post. Rather, I like to share information on art and such. Problem is that people don’t seem to be interested – or FB doesn’t like the posts (more likely). But I really would like to see FB as an interactive tool – it’s just not working out that way.

I’m trying to become more enthusiastic about Pinterest (pinterest.com/rhodyart) and need to radically overhaul my boards, clean out the old stuff, add the new.

I also use Twitter but admit to its limited effectiveness because tweets number in the millions – one is lucky to get one view for a tweet I think. I don’t often tweet directly but, rather, have my FB page set up so that FB posts are automatically tweeted. (twitter.com/rhodyart).

I’m still trying to determine what other social media I want to use. I’d like to use Instagram but again, I think the volume of posts outweighs its usefulness. I also hate that I’d have to use my smartphone to post since I haven’t mastered the fine art of copying links anywhere.

I haven’t used Tumblr enough to judge its usefulness either.


Heather of CallunaMuse talks about:

I am a Pinterest addict, so it is a mix for me, between posting my shop items, and pinning my interests like a mad woman. It’s hard to tell how much traffic I get from it, but it is relatively low maintenance, so I plan to continue with it.

I don’t use my facebook business page as much because it hasn’t been the best social media medium for me. I have tried the paid posts in the past and they don’t generate the interest I think paid ads should. And when only five people are ‘allowed’ to see your post, it seems rather silly to put too much effort into it.

I do use twitter quite a bit. I post my items, and I retweet things that interest me. I like using it, but it moves so fast sometimes!

I just started up an instagram, and I am excited to use it more. I have gotten as far as a profile pic so far haha but right now I am just getting used to the navigation, and checking out everyone else’s! I think I am most excited to use this one, as everyone keeps saying that it has made a huge difference in sales and traffic for them.

I am also using other avenues like wanleo, and bestie. Again, I’m not sure of the usefulness yet, but for me, I like to get myself out there wherever I can.


AngsanaSeedsPhoto posts:

Of all my social media accounts, I use my Facebook business page the most. I use it primarily to post my shop items, promotion and share daily photos. I will also pay for Facebook ad depending on the post and response. I also use it to network with sellers. www.facebook.com/AngsanaSeeds

I do use twitter, but mostly to retweet photography-related post. twitter.com/angsanaseeds

I also use Pinterest, but not as much because I find it very addictive and am not sure how much sales it generated for me. www.pinterest.com/angsanaseeds/

Instagram is one social media that I plan to get more enthusiastic with. instagram.com/angsanaseeds/


Dawn Whitehand of DeeDeeDeesigns said:

I use social media to post my new products. I then also share these to groups and communities (facebook & google).

I used to use Facebook the most, but with the changes to Facebook with the visibility of posts to fans I have began exploring the use of other sites more.

I use twitter to promote my products and also to share fellow team mates posts and team posts.

So it is also a networking thing.

This does drive traffic to my shop, though maybe not so much sales – but my understanding is that the Etsy logarithms (which are always changing) take into account traffic. So even if sales aren’t necessarily generated, the increased traffic makes my shop more ‘visible’ on Etsy.

My understanding also is that this increased traffic increases your visibility on Google.

I also maintain a blog where I post general posts about my artwork and also posts specific to my Etsy shop. I also have direct links to my shop from my blog, which I also have on my Facebook page.

I use Pinterest to post my products and cross reference them on boards – for example I have a ‘My Jewellery’ board, but also have a ‘Jewellery’ board where I post other jewellery, but also post my jewellery randomly amongst the other posts. i am also on several group boards, and do get quite a few repins from these boards, and a reasonable number of shop clicks.

My most recent venture has been instagram and have only been on it for about six months…. I do get a reasonable amount of ‘likes’ and am unsure of the traffic drive at this point – but its a fun medium.

Blog dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/deedeedeesignsaustralia
Twitter www.twitter.com/deedeedeesigns
Google+ plus.google.com/u/0/+DawnWhitehand
Pinterest www.pinterest.com/dawnwhitehand
Instagram www.instagram.com/dawnwhitehand

Google + Tips, Tricks, Business Uses And More

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Google + is fast becoming one of the most widely used social medias out there. That is most likely the case, because of how many ways one can use it. It is great for connecting, networking, publishing ideas to name a few. We at Christmas in July wanted to know how our members used Google +.

Google +

Google +

AliciasFindings says:

I use Google + to promote my Etsy teams. I find it to be a great way to get the word out about sales, coupon codes, etc. I love the Google calendar! It is great for not only adding Google events, but for your own life events! What else do you use it for? Promoting? Networking? Personal? Work wise?

Candy Frizzell of TrueEarthDesigns states:

I use Google + mostly a place  to showcase my jewelry. I do use communities to post to. But, it is a back burner behind Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

We also looked into other sites and found some more ideas for you: Google Analytic for Business helps you determine who your audience is. It measures data and lets you know the end result.

Why Google Analytics

Google + DO’s for business –

  • Take Advantage of SEO (search engine optimization) Value
  • Use visuals when possible
  • Strategically share content
  • Make your posts stand out
  • Grow and target your audience

Google +: Do’s And Don’ts For Small Businesses

Create Events (for business or friends):

  • Navigate to Events from Home menu
  • Click “Create Event” in upper right corner
  • Fill out info and invite guests
  • Click Invite and you started an Event!

15+ Google + Tricks You Might Not Know About

  • See who has shared your posts
  • Format your posts
  • Create polls
  • Share your circles with others
  • Create photo slide shows

Google + For Etsy Sellers From Google

How to set up a G+ page:

  • Hover your cursor over “Home” and select “pages” from the drop screen
  • Click “create a page” button in upper right corner
  • Pick the type of page category you wish to select
  • Click finish and you are set to add info to your page

There are Communities you can join on a whole host of topics. You can also join events being held by friends on G+ or near you locally. You can use Hangouts, which is like a chat/skype kind of device.

How to start a Hangout:

  • Click Hangouts from the Home menu
  • Click “Start a Video Hangout”
  • Invite guests and start sharing and chatting

How to start a Hangout on Air (speak to those internationally):

  • Follow same as above except click on “Start a Hangout on Air”
  • Give your Hangout a Name, start date, invite guests and click “Share” to begin

You can also post anything you wish to (within G+ guidelines). Businesses can also make pages and also have their regular G+.

If you haven’t already I would check out Google + and see what it’s all about!

#CIJArtGallery – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Virtual Art Gallery – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

1. What is your work of art?

My work of art is a charm necklace featuring a handmade ceramic heart, a crystal bead and multistrand tassel.



2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

This necklace is inspired by romance and delicate femininity.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

heart necklace, crystal necklace focal beads, romantic jewelry

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Most of my work is ceramic with some works, such as jewellery containing other components, such as in this necklace. I also use upcycled buttons, and paint and draw original art gift cards.

5. What fascinates you?

The natural world and all of the repeating colours, textures and colours it contains.

6. What are your social media sites?

You can find me on: