Trending On Social – #CIJParty 2018

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.

Today during the #CIJParty 2018 let’s discover what the team has trending on social media!

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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!

Memories Of The #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

During the month of May 2018 the Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a photo challenge.

The Photo Challenge opened May 1st and ended May 31st! We saw may stunning floral photos from our team members!

Many team members shared their photo during day of the challenge. Please join us as we celebrate the closing of our #EtsyCIJ #FloralChallenge!

We will be hosting another #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge during the #EtsyCIJ 2018 event July 1st – July 10th. Watch for details both here in our blog and our team forum on Etsy!

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

Alicia, Cindy, Mairi and Michelle1. M Mendoza from MendozamVintage Instagram: mendozamvintage

2. Rebecca from OrnamentsbyRebecca Instagram: ornaments_by_rebecca

3. #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

4. Cristal from DesignsbyCristal Instagrm: Creativedesignsbycristal

5. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1

6. Nancy from EponasCrystals Instagram: eponascrystals

7. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1

8. Nancy from EponasCrystals Instagram: eponascrystals

May Etsy Christmas In July Photo Challenge – #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Good Thursday evening everyone!

We’re super excited to share with you that the month of May the Christmas In July team is going to focus on a photo challenge.

Use the hashtags #EtsyCIJ, #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge and #FloralChallenge!

Be sure to share the article on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

 

Please follow the team!

#EtsyCIJ Facebook: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Instagram: EtsyChristmasInJuly

#EtsyCIJ Pinterest: EtsyCIJ

#EtsyCIJ Twitter: EtsyCIJ

Be sure to check on our social media sites every day!

In addition to liking the floral items it’s important to comment and share!

Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions!

Alicia and Cindy

Member Feature: Kestrel Collection

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Please join us in welcoming Kristen of KestrelCollection, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

Hello and Well met! I’m an old soul and young at heart. A scientist and an artist. I love to live and live to love. But I’m pretty quiet in day to day life… just observing and thinking… some people think I’m shy but I’m not at all!

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

In 2003 I started making jewelry for friends and relatives. I was working long hours at my day job and was often coming home stressed out. Spending my evenings designing jewelry for someone else turned out to be my favorite way to relax and switch gears before bed. It wasn’t long after that I started up my Etsy store.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love blacks and grays and find the look elegant so there is a lot of black jewelry in my shop. I also love COLORS especially creating floral and natural inspired jewelry using colors that are brighter than nature.

What inspires your work?           

I’m kind of a nerd.  I take my inspiration from the books I read, the movies I watch, nature, and old mythology. Right now I’m working on a line of steampunk jewelry inspired by movies.

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

 This year I want to increase sales by 10% by utilizing better tags and working with social media more to engage customers. This year I also plan to sell at my first craft show!

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

All of my items are one of a kind. I follow my inspiration and then move on to the next
thing that strikes me.

Because of this all my items are guaranteed to be a gift the recipient will have all to
themselves. They are great conversation starters.

The way I work creates another positive for the customer in that all my items are ready
to ship. My shop policy says I ship within 5-7 days but I am usually faster than that.

Also if a customer messages me I can easily get their order out the next business day
so they have that special gift on time.

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

My workspace is a desk in the corner of my living room. I love being able to work and still hang out with my husband at the same time. I am kind of a neat freak so when I’m done each day everything packs up into the drawers and cupboards. This way I can keep it a multi use space and it keeps everything safe from my feline helper.

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

Advertising and social media are truly vital to the success of your shop. In the past I haven’t enjoyed that part of the work so I tend to neglect it occasionally… But wow! It’s amazing the results that happen when you start connecting with your customers and sharing your process and your day. It’s fun too when you look at it as another way to learn.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I spent a long time thinking about it, then a long time more planning for it… I wanted to make it perfect from day one and that held me back. You will learn as you go and improve the storefront as you go so just dive in!! One solid piece of advice though is pictures, pictures, pictures. Research how other sellers of your product stage their photos to get a feel for where the market is at. Make yours clear, bright, and use all 5 slots on a listing. People want to see what they are buying!

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

I love to learn and reinvent myself. I’ve been a research scientist, high school teacher, and flavor chemist. Now I’m a project manager for a food company. I love my day job. However, it is through my art that I am able to continuously learn and grow as I try out new materials and techniques. My jewelry business allows me to reinvent myself with every new idea. My other hobby is reading. A book is such a lovely way to experience a new world.

What is your favorite quote?

I am a reader remember? Picking just one quote is so hard… Can I have 2 and a poem? “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe A man once told the Buddha “I want Happiness.”

The Buddha replied, “First remove I, that is ego. Then remove want, that is desire. Now you have happiness.” “What is Success”? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where can people find out more about your business?  

I am also on Instagram at KristenCreates. There I share progress pictures of new jewelry plus pictures of my drawings and other adventures.

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks for the opportunity to share with you about myself and my art! Have a wonderful day!

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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.

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2017! Please see the opportunities below!

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Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

#EtsyCIJ Facebook Event Page

CIJ Team Instagram

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Once again we will serve Food and Drink at our #CIJParty:

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We will also enjoy Music to our #CIJParty:

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And new this year to our #CIJParty is a Photo Booth:

Photo  Booth

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s The Twelve Days Of Christmas from Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns! A big thank you to Dawn!

Nine Ladies Dancing From DeeDeeSupplies

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

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

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

This year we will host #CIJPopUpMarkets on 4 days!

Tuesday July 4th

Thursday July 6th

Friday July 7th

Saturday July 8th

There are still a few tents available for Saturday July 8th!

#CIJPopUpMarket #4

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 2 Weeks From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 2 weeks from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

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

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017 #3

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the fourth annual #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the weeks to come!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s Christmas Decorations from Julie of EveryoneLovesGifts0A big thank you to Julie!

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations

Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017 by joining us on social media!

Please use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for CIJ 2017!

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CIJ Team Instagram

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter