Memories Of A Lifetime – #CIJRoadTrip

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August traveling the world on the first Christmas In July Road Trip! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJRoadTrip right here on our blog!

The Road Trip began on Friday – August 1st, 2014 and concluded on Sunday – August 31st. As I mentioned the team is international and we went to visit many countries along the way!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our itinerary was filled as we traveled all over the world!

Each team member shared with us their country, as well as a little bit about themselves and their shops. I personally made many new friends and the world feels smaller to me now! Please join me to enjoy the memories of a lifetime!

Here was our itinerary:

1. August 1 – Canada / ElizabethLovesGlass – Elizabeth
2. August 2 – Chile / JuguetesEloisa – Valentina
3. August 3 – US / ClaudiaMarieFelt – Claudia Marie
4. August 4 – Australia / ColourscapeStudios – Kel
5. August 5 – UK / DetolaAndGeek – Tola
6. August 6 – Greece / fifirixtra – Ifigeneia
7. August 7 – Singapore / byTheArtBug – Megha And AngsanaSeedsPhoto – Ivy
8. August 8 – New Zealand / TangerineToes – Kaz
9. August 9 – Lithuania / feltinga – Ingrida
10. August 10 – Norway / Vamperstein – Kristin
11. August 11 – Israel / liatib – Liat
12. August 12 – Russia / KittyAprilHandmade – Katya
13. August 13 – Italy / Ghirlandiamo – Lia
14. August 14 – India / byTheCrochetBug – Natasha And bytheArtBug – Megha
15. August 15 – Belgium / cyberwezz – Wezz 
16. August 16 – Indonesia / DonBiuBali – Katrina
17. August 17 – Dominican Republic / TheLarimarShop – Angie
18. August 18 – Ireland / Gigi82Knits – Gigi
19. August 19 – Malaysia / whimsywhimsical – Yee Von
20. August 20 – Croatia / LAURELISjewelry – Zlatka
21. August 21 – Ukraine / 100Crochetnecklaces – Svitlana
22. August 22 – France / Sandra Ovono – Sandra
23. August 23 – Bulgaria / ElegantJewelryRMM – Rositza
24. August 24 – Estonia / Nalmandra – Astrida
25. August 25 – The Netherlands (Holland) / LizKnijnenburg – Anneleis
26. August 26 – Japan / KimonoPonchoCom – Yukiko
27. August 27 – Sweden / ReDesignedandRecycled – Linda
28. August 28 – Bosnia and Herzegovina / DeepSilence – Sonja
29. August 29 – Spain / Divantias – Patricia
30. August 30 – Germany / MermaidsHatBox – Barbara
31. August 31 – Turkey / Bloomed Flower – Zeynep

A special thank you to the blog contributors who escorted us on our travels!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Jessica from CrochetNature
Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJRoadTrip on social media as you visit all the lovely countries we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJRoadTrip!



#CIJRoadTrip – India: Banswara

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to this tiny town in India with Me (Megha – byTheArtBug) and Natasha from byTheCrochetBug. Natasha is my younger Sister and so Banswara is the place where we grew up!

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in Banswara a beautiful small town in Rajasthan, India. Banswara is also known as “Land of 100 Islands” because there is a large man made reservoir (Mahi Dam) which has more than 100 islands.
It is also rich in natural beauty, wildlife and is a quiet place away from the hustle bustle of a busy City.
The town itself has more than 200 lakes both natural and manmade.


Sunset at a nearby Stream

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

India is a huge county. There are several natural and historical places to see. Although it is really hard to select few, a few must see places would be visiting the Taj Mehal, National parks (like Gir, Ranthambore, Kanha national park, Corbet national park), there are some really beautiful hill stations like Shimla, Kullu Manali, Mount Abu. There are several beach destination in the south of India, Goa is one of the most visited beach destinations in India, plus there are a lot of beautiful churches to see.
Rajasthan, the state where we live is very colorful and rich in culture and history.

Here are some local Pictures…


500 Year Old Temple


Mahi Dam


Jua Falls


Tiger – Ranthambore National Park


Dancing Peacock at a nearby forest area

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

The colorful culture has inspired the following item of my shop:

Back to school strawberry snap clip fruit jewelry hair accessory 2 pairs red pink blue mint purple yellow

The handicrafts made from hemp twine are also very popular this inspired me to make several doilies, coasters and organizers from 100% natural hemp twine.

Handmade crochet rustic triangle coaster set of 4 or 6 natural hemp eco-friendly earth friendly

The following piece is inspired by the bead work popular here:

Handmade tatted earrings red with clear seed beads and clear glass crystal beads

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

Craft fairs like USA are not yet popular in my town.
However the seasonal festival fairs are quite popular in which local handicrafts can be seen.
Me and some of my friends who also love to crochet try to meet up once in every few months to have a small crocheting get together.

5. What are your social media sites?

I am not so active on social media sites but I love Pinterest.
Etsy shop

Friday The Road Trip Begins – #CIJRoadTrip

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the first Christmas In July Road Trip! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to hold a virtual #CIJRoadTrip right here on our blog!

The Road Trip begins on Friday – August 1st, 2014. As I mentioned the team is international and we are going to visit many countries along the way!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Friday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the countries we are going to visit are Canada, Chile, United States Of America and Australia! Where will we go next?

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until Friday to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJRoadTrip on social media as you road trip with us!


Want a sneak peek of one of the countries we will be visiting? Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass lives in the amazing country of Canada! Come meet Elizabeth on Friday and learn about her Etsy shop and her country. Thank you Elizabeth for participating!

ElizabethLovesGlass From Canada

ElizabethLovesGlass From Canada

Abkhazi Garden - Victoria Canada

Abkhazi Garden – Victoria Canada

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to go on a Road Trip! A #CIJRoadTrip!