International Seasons: DesignsbyCristal – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Fall Is The Favorite Season Of Cristal From DesignsbyCristal


 1. What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is my favorite season. I love fall because after the hot and humid summers in GA this cool and crisp weather is a welcome feeling. I also love the fall because I can visit Stone Mountain Park or any of the mountains to see the beautiful colors in different hues of red, yellow and orange from all the trees changing.
There is one mountain my kids and I walk up called Kennesaw Mountain National Park and you can stand on top of the look out station and view all the beautiful colors for miles and miles with the city of Atlanta in the backdrop!

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

Right now in GA we are still in the summer season. Although in 12 days Fall is supposed to start but with 91 degree temps expected over the next 10 days it would be hard to tell. The only thing that tells me Fall is upon us is the morning sun is coming up earlier than before and a few mornings have been kind of cool which I love.

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

This dog bandana is one of my items that represents the fall for me. In GA everybody seems to love this season as you can see many places already putting out their decor. I have friends who are even decorating the inside of their homes with fall decor! I can’t wait to start driving around neighborhoods to see their beautiful fall displays of pumpkins, hay,scarecrows and all the pretty foliage that represents our fall season.

4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

In GA we celebrate with fall/harvest festivals every single weekend!! You will find them at churches, parks, and even quite a few farms. I attend about 3 or 4 as a vendor and get my booth dressed up in fall decor to go along with the warm atmosphere. The others we just go as a family to enjoy all the festivities each one has to offer.

5. What are your social media sites?



International Seasons: ZenCatPottery – #CIJSeasons

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Summer Is The Favorite Season Of Margie From ZenCatPottery


1. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer! I grew up in S. California and love the beach and warm weather. Flip flops are my favorite footwear. I dislike wearing a lot of clothing and being cold!

2. What season is it now where you live? Have you seen a visible sign of the season changing?

It is still summer, but things are beginning to move into Fall. The nights are getting colder and the days are getting shorter. The other day, I saw a tree whose leaves were beginning to change! It made me sad, but the person I was with was very happy (she loves Fall)!

3. What item in your shop represents your favorite season and the story behind it?

The Lemon Yellow Fruit Juicer in my shop represents summer. It is bright and cheerful. It can be used to make lemonade in the summer. Growing up we had a lemon tree in our back yard. During the summer, it was always full of lemons. My mom used to make pitchers of lemonade for us to drink on hot Los Angeles summer days!

This juicer can be used all year round to squeeze lemons, oranges and limes.

4. What seasonal traditions are celebrated in your part of the world? 

I live in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Summer here is filled with outdoor activities: hiking, camping,swimming,biking etc. But I sure do miss the beach!

5. What are your social media sites?


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


  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!


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!


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.