Summer Trend to Watch: Wanderlust Style Straight From the Source: Etsy

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.

This article is inspired by the Summer Trend to Watch: Wanderlust Style Straight From the Source article on the Etsy blog.

Let the globetrotting & shopping begin! Japan: Understated Ceramics, Spain: Sculptural Jewelry, Germany: Vintage Rattan, Lithuania: Modern Linen, Netherlands: High-Concept Lighting, India: Block-Printed Textiles, Israel: Leather, France: Soap Making, Italy: Accessories, UK: Typographic Artwork, Australia: Eco-Approach Jewelry, Kenya: Beading Techniques, Canada: Modern Woodworking, Uruguay: Woven Merino Wool Designs are the trends. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Italy: Accessories

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I’m from Italy, where people are very careful to match everything they wear: from the dress to the shoes. For this particular attention to the accessories, together with other characteristics, Italians are world known for their elegance.

This bracelet can be used either as wedding and as prom corsage. The roses are so tender and the corsage so rich in flowers, that it can enhance any dress, even the simplest! Of course it’s one-of-a-kind, just for a special girl!


Australia: Eco-Approach Jewelry

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDesigns says:

I am an Australian seller, and these earrings fit right into the Australia: Eco-Approach category being made from recycled guitar strings and beads made from recycled paper. They are lightweight and comfortable to wear, and environmentally friendly!


If you’re on Pinterest here is Summer Trend to Watch: Wanderlust Style Straight From the Source board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

#CIJCookieExchange – Struffoli

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make Stuffoli – Recipe from Lia of Ghirlandiamo

1. What is your recipe?

Recipe from Lia Russo – Italy

wheat flour lbs. 2.3
butter lbs. O.3
eggs n. 6
sugar lbs. 0.5
aromatic liqueur or dry white wine 4-5 spoons
lemon peel
baking powder/or baking soda 1 tea spoon
honey lbs. 1 about
1)Put all together flour, melted butter, eggs, sugar, liqueur, baking powder and the grated lemon peel. Mix first with a fork and then with hands, until you can do a ball.
2) Cut a piece from the ball and work it to get a long stick.SAMSUNG
3) Cut this stick in pieces of about 0.4”. SAMSUNG
4) Fry them in corn oil or similar, in a pan, till they are golden. Let them get cold. SAMSUNG
5) Let melt the honey in a large pan together with some more grated lemon peel. When the honey becomes foaming, pour the fried little balls in and roll them with a spoon for a few minutes.SAMSUNG
Pour them on a – slightly wet- ceramics plate and, if you have, put on a lot of colored “diavoletti”. Lacking them, you can substitute with grated chocolate, or minced almonds or nuts.
Let them become cold.
And enjoy it. Buon Appetito!
NOTE 1 : what you see in the final photo is the result of a reduced quantity.
NOTE 2 : do not use too much honey, otherwise you’ll need hammer and chisel to cut them!
NOTE 3 : if you eat Struffoli under a Ghirlandiamo wreath they will taste much better!



2. What is it about this cookie that you love?

At Christmas time this is the most popular cookie in all South Italy, although with some little differences.
From some days before Christmas up to the New Year, a frying smell is in the air everywhere!
This cookie can last several days, if you don’t eat a ball after another!

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?

My mother and all my aunts always prepared it, so it was natural learning it.
It’s nice to do , as all the family can take part : mum mix ingredients and work the dough, kids cut the stick in little pieces and husband tastes the fried balls! (they are good even before coupling them with honey)

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.

My first son live and work in London and two Christmas ago unfortunately he couldn’t come home for holidays.
So to have there a bit of home atmosphere, he prepared struffoli for himself and his friends, with great success!
He was already a bit experienced, as he and my daughter for years helped me in preparing this cookie.

5. What are your social media sites?

Christmas Wreath With Nuts And Berries From Ghirlandiamo

Christmas Wreath With Nuts And Berries From Ghirlandiamo

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 – Italy: Salerno

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Today let’s travel to Italy with Lia from Ghirlandiamo.

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

I live in Salerno, a not so big town in South Italy, near to Naples.
We are on the sea and the weather is warm and beautiful for the most part of the year.
Salerno is making big progresses: it’s renewing town architecture with a lot of new particular buildings, designed by great architects from all over Europe!
We all are proud to live here!

Salerno - Italy

Salerno – Italy

I’m so lucky: my town is on the middle of two splendid coasts: on a side there is the Amalfi Coast , wonderful and famous , and on the other side there is the Cilento Coast, less known but stunning too and still wild enough.

Cilento Coast - Italy

Cilento Coast – Italy

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

People coming here have a large choice of places to visit, as Salerno is
– 30 minutes far from Paestum: well known for its rests of Greek Civiliization;
– 40 minutes far from Amalfi and a little bit more from Positano: famous all over the world;
– 40 minutes far from Naples: no other words are needed about it

Paestum - Italy

Paestum – Italy

Amalfi - Italy

Amalfi – Italy

Positano - Italy

Positano – Italy

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

I think all that (I mean the sea, the sun, the place where I live and its ancient civilization) strongly influenced the way I am, that, in turn, is deeply expressed in my works .

Made in Italy is appreciated all over the world and I think my creations convey my Italian taste in the modern and personal style of a warm, friendly and congenial Mediterranean woman.

Summer wreah, made in Italy, handmade, a piece of wall art, year round wreath,  nice either as front door wreath and wall decor
Picture with heart shaped stones, made in Italy, wall art from Amalfi Coast, decor with  Amalfi and  Positano stones , Amalfi Coast souvenir
Wreath, door wreath, wall decor, gift idea, made in Italy, home decor, wall art, year round wreath,  front door wreath, wall hanging

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’m going, with other crafters, to organize a temporary shop in the ancient center town, as in Christmas time here come many tourists.

5. What are your social media sites?

My shop is on :


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!