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!

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#CIJRoadTrip – Israel: Haifa

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Israel – Haifa with Liat from LiatiB

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

I’m from Haifa, the 3rd biggest city in Israel (after Tel Aviv and Jerusalem).

Haifa is an industrial city in the north of Israel. Tel Aviv is the main city for designers, but in the last two years, Haifa started to invest in it’s young citizens and it’s art’s scene.
Haifa is a port city with a mountain that falls into the sea. It is a multi religion city where Jews, Muslims, Christians and Bahai all live together in peace (a very rare thing in our little country).

The view from my studio window, Haifa port and in the distance you can see all the way to the border with Lebanon - Israel

The view from my studio window, Haifa port and in the distance you can see all the way to the border with Lebanon – Israel

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

The main tourist sites in Israel are all the religious places like Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem. Tel Aviv is the youngest and most populated city. Haifa is the city with the Gold Dome of the Bahai main temple- where it’s prophet is resting in peace.

But Israel has much more to see. We have snow in the winter, we have forests, we have beaches and a desert- all in one. When you can drive six hours from the north to the south of our country. If you want to come – talk to me, and I’d love to give you hidden sites to go and visit.

Haifa - The Golden Dome - Downtown Haifa - Haifa Port - Israel

Haifa – The Golden Dome – Downtown Haifa – Haifa Port – Israel

Haifa's "Bat Galim" Beach - Israel

Haifa’s “Bat Galim” Beach – Israel

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

Israel is a multi customs country with lots of different people from different countries, lots of different influences: Some Europeans, Some Arab and Some Westerns (and even Easterns).

Because of our constant fear from war and missiles that can start a war any minute, I’m choosing to use optimist happy character in my illustrations, with lot’s of vivid colors. If life is not that colorful and fun – at least my fantasy world is.

In my new collection, music is the main theme. It is also very fun and colorful, and I hope you will love it!

Downtown Haifa Art Fair - Israel

Downtown Haifa Art Fair – Israel

Downtown Haifa Art Fair - Israel

Downtown Haifa Art Fair – Israel

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?

I have just launched my new music collection.
I’m preparing my Etsy shop for December holidays.
I’m taking part in a summer art fair and music festival – July to September -in Downtown Haifa.
Nowadays, I’m thinking of taking part in Haifa international film festival and it’s fair – though I’m not sure I will have time for that.
And I just bought my first home! So I will be busy in the fall, in the renovation of it and moving my home and studio to my new place.

Original Beach Pendant From liatib

Original Beach Pendant From liatib

Bossa Nova Dance Illustration Print From liatib

Bossa Nova Dance Illustration Print From liatib

Bossa Nova Set Of 10 Greeting Cards From liatib

Bossa Nova Set Of 10 Greeting Cards From liatib

5. What are your social media sites?

Etsy shop: www.liatib.etsy.com
My site: www.liatib-designs.co.il
My blog: liatib.blogspot.co.il
My FB page: www.facebook.com/pages/LiatiB/104832642896861?ref_type=bookmark

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!

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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!