A Little Gift For Me

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

All too often, we spend our time thinking of others and buying gifts for family and friends and, we all know, the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Perhaps now, is the time for a little self-indulgence before the chaos. The Christmas In July team would like to share all their fabulous items with those who are looking to buy themselves a little gift.

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

At only $11.00, these small earrings are a perfect way to gift yourself! Featuring lampwork glass and Czech glass beads, they will add a pop of color to your day. The beads are wired separately, so they will sway prettily as you move.

Red Czech Glass & Silver Dangle Earrings

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

My treat would be a cute little bracelet! This little bracelet is made of Turquoise Russian Amazonite which has Silver Plated Shells between the beads. I feel like I am ready for the beach and but I live in the Midwest, which is about 3000 miles from the ocean. Maybe some day! But this one is for sale!


Turquoise Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says

My treat would be a nice book mark to go with a great book for relaxing times.

Pink Gemstone Bookmark

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I think any crafter would love a new pack of purple beads to stitch up into something wonderful…maybe peyote, cross stitch, jewelry, or something else?

Antique Glass Beads

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Give the gift of personalization, especially when shopping for yourself. It is better to enjoy a glass of wine less often and in style, than to overindulge. At Design’s the Limit, we encourage the responsible enjoyment of spirits from the safety of your own home. Design a wine glass which suits your personality, we have a variety of glass and crystal stemware and stemless glasses to choose as a canvas for our designs. Once you have selected a glass, choose the font and design which suits your tastes and include any text you wish to including name, monogram, single initial, or popular sayings in the public domain!

Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Enjoy some “me” and “family” time by reading your favorite verses from The Bible and sitting down with the family to fill out the numerous pages for recording wedding information, birth records and your family tree! A great way to spend some down time before the Holiday season arrives!

Precious Moments Bible Family Edition

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

All of us experience the concept of the yin and yang in our daily lives. It always seems there is something positive pulling against the forces of something negative and we are forced to pull it together in unity and “work things out”. I also think that “making it through” whatever comes your way on any given day largely depends on your frame of mind and attitude about life in general. So, with this little butterfly yin and yang compact (pill) storage jar, you would have the constant reminder that no matter what happens, things do get better and can become beautiful, just as the bling this item offers!

Pill Storage Box

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I would buy a hand knitted hat to keep me warm in winter. It’s such a nice accessory.

Hand Knitted Slouch Beanie

It’s All In Black And White

Contributor Post by Mairi from mairidesign

It’s All In Black and White – so perfectly opposite. As a monochrome form of visual arts, B&W images can be starkly contrasted black and white or combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of grey called greyscale. The CIJ Team are delighted to share their B&W and Greyscale works of art, home decor and accessories.

Graphite pencil drawings. I usually present here my portraits of animals, but today I have something very special. Original illustrations that were presented in my exhibition of fairy tale illustrations. Drawings are framed in a beautiful wooden frame and passepartout. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the purchased drawing.


Spring Weed Fancy Botanical Illustration

Amanda Jayne Andrews from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says:

I was originally commissioned to create this tea cosy as a thank you gift as they had a beautiful black and white kitchen, I added the pom poms as an extra special detail.


Stripey Knitted Tea-Cosy

Here is one of my many Classic Black and White gift tag sets. The Butterfly set is one of my favorites.


Black and White Gift Tag Sets

I think these black and white hand painted by ME stemware glasses are so much fun…a great addition to anyone’s bar decor or saved for a special occasion. Here’s to YOU!


Martini Glasses Hand Painted

I love the graphic appeal of black and white! This clutch is fun and easy to carry! In a cotton print that I call foam and bubble with white background and black dots. It’s a nice little clutch for necessities on the go. Padded and with a wrap around strap that can go on a belt or slip over your wrist.


Bridesmaid Gift Clutch Envelope

I love working with black color. The contrast on a white background is fantastic. Simple yet effective. This stippled phalaenopsis is delicate and will fit in perfectly in any home design.


Phalaenopsis Art Print Orchid

This stylish cushion cover set will complete your black and white home interior design. Elephant cushion covers are made from black and white pattern cotton fabrics.One of them has black and white animal print, the other is made from black and white pattern cotton fabric blocks and has a white cotton block in a middle with beautiful oriental elephant embroidery.


Elephant Cushion Cover Set

This black and white chalkboard print fabric with words describing God was the perfect fit for my Bible tote bag. The fabric is so beautiful and a great conversation starter as it will have old and new Christians either asking questions or being reminded of the many names our God can be called by.


Bible tote bag and key chain

I think I created this because I think black is elegant and chic – and I didn’t really have anything in my shop with that precise touch of class.


Black and White Digital Paper

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

What’s black and white and fabulous?

My love of film noir surfaced once again with these black and white curvaceous earrings. These uniquely shaped hoops are vintage black aluminum stamped with a snake skin pattern. The center cut out has an equally unusual shape. Inside each cut out is a gorgeous round white dangling freshwater pearl.


Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

This black and white infinity scarf is ideal for the summer. The scarf is made of two fabrics. One side is white with little black Polka dots, the other side is black, embroidered with flowers and embellished with flowers in different black and white patterns.


Infinity Scarf

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Crochet yoga socks, yin yang gift. According to Taoist principles, the forces of everything in the universe are in constant motion. As the movement continues, each of the forces of energy gradually changes into the other, yin to yang and yang to yin. This is the cycle of all energy. When these opposite energies work in unison the way nature dictates, there is a perfect balance. The yin yang symbol of equal halves, one dark and one light, but also opposing forces come together to create and generate energy – life. Yin creates the form and grows it while the yang generates action energy and expands it. This is the bringing together of two halves to make a complete whole.


Crochet yoga socks yin yang

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Black and white are great shades and they go with anything. For your special table décor on mantles and candles
this candle bling will make wonderful statement. Gift it with a candle to Friends and family or charming housewarming / hostess gift.

Black Affair Candle Ring

#CIJVacation – Corfu, Greece With DorothyLollipopKnits

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Dorothy Lollipop from DorothyLollipopKnits

Corfu Greece

Corfu Greece

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My best & most recent holiday destination was Corfu. We visited in May, at the very beginning of the holiday season. We had a beautifully quiet and gorgeously sunny holiday. Lots of lazing around the pool, peaceful walks along the beach and plenty of time for knitting!

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Amazing scenery, great beach-side restaurants & Corfu Town, itself for the markets and night-life.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

The coastline is lovely and the mountains are very dramatic too.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Best fish restaurants are right on the edge of the beach.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

We have been to Corfu twice and will definitely go again!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DorothyLollipopKnits
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/DorothyLollipopKnits
Twitter: twitter.com/DorothyLollipop
Instagram: www.instagram.com/dorothylollipop
Email: www.dorothy.lollipop@yahoo.co.uk

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 2017 – timetalentjewels

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 Shop – Karen from timetalentjewels


1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The name of my shop in “timetalentjewels” and the name was inspired that I had the time, the talent and my creations were my jewels. My inspirations just flow within me as if they were God sent.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

My shop has evolved overtime by hard work and inspiration of learning new techniques. My love of knitting and crocheting throughout the years have helped me in the shop. The Wire Crochet of the beaded Necklaces is very fascinating to me especially when shopping for the gemstones, what a treat! Knitting too has its specialties of hunting for the beautiful wool to make the right pair of hiking socks or knitting the wool hot pads and then felting them several times to get them to their proper shape.

3. What do you love most about your work?

What I love about my work is I can do it whenever I want as I am retired. When the shop needs something I can sit down and go to work on it. I don’t feel rushed. I do it when I feel it needs it. It is my hobby.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I love Country Music – Alan Jackson is my favorite “Livin On Love”, “Remember When”, “Good Time”, “She’s Got the Blues and I’ve Got the Rhythm”, “Jim and Jack and Hank”, Luke Bryan, “Kick Up The Dust” Blake Shelton “Honey Bee”, ”God Gave Me You”, ”The Boy’s Around Here”, George Strait “Amarillo by Morning”, Brad Paisley, “River Bank”, and all the popular ones on the radio. The recent Voice – second winner – Lauren Duski, “Ghost In My House” and “Déjà Vu”. Just too many to list and the list goes on! I never get tired of listening to this music. Just listen to it over and over again!

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I am not much of a reader, I am more of a doer – I like to keep busy! Never could sit down and read.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Timetalentjewels

Instagram: timetalentjewels

Twitter: Karen Hafel

Hobby Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

January is Hobby Month, which is a great time to teach a class, get together with others to craft or even learn a new one!

Here at CIJ we want to know about your hobby. What about it satisfies you? When did you first start doing it? Anything else you want to tell us about it?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says well, way back years ago, pottery was my hobby… I got into it as “time out” from young kids (who are now adults) and over time it has – gratefully – developed into a profession.
As a professional, not only do I make and sell on Etsy, I also exhibit and teach classes and workshops in my studio – so I am very fortunate!!
And it is fantastic to think that I make home decor items that people can use and engage with everyday – it is a great feeling.


Ceramic oval speckled blue bowl

Mi H from MCART30 discusses that I would say I love working with paper and beads. I’ve always been making greeting card for friends on their birthday. I started beading couple years ago and can never stop!
I’m very excited to start my shop this year and work on things I love to do. No more 9-5 office job, yay!

Easter gift tags

Easter gift tags

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said as a creator I love to make jewellery and over time this ‘hobby’ has developed into selling my jewellery and, now, also selling jewellery and craft supplies. A lot of the supplies I sell are manufactured, but some I also make myself such as these organic polymer marbled beads.


Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says my hobby (and current profession) is supporting my talented jewelry designer daughter. In the process, I’ve followed in her footsteps and now I’m in love with gemstones and jewelry-making too. She’s still the one with all the talent, though. Here’s one of her creations featured in our shop.

Turquoise bead necklace

Turquoise bead necklace

Diana from joliefemmebydiana states that I love embroidery! I started teaching myself from kits at age 10 and now I draw my own designs and add them to my products when I can. I have also taught beginning embroidery at my local quilt shop to both adults and kids and it’s so fun to share! Embroidery is soothing and engrossing and a great hobby for me!

Mini hand embroidered tote

Mini hand embroidered tote

Alicia from AliciasFindings said that I have quite a few hobbies and most of them are craft related. My jewelry started out as a hobby, with me getting together with friends to create. I sell online and at craft shows. I also love to read, loom knit, color and so much more.

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that her hobby is reading. She especially loves the movie Titanic
since it makes you feel very emotional. What a tragedy, such a beautiful ship and people-such a sad history.

Titanic hardcover book

Titanic hardcover book

World Wide Knit in Public Day

kip4Guest post by Beverly of designbcb

Later this week, knitters across the globes will emerge from their nests and hives and go proudly into parks, malls and any other place where they can spread their yarn and knit in public.

While this may not be as controversial as breast-feeding in public, knitting in public has been known to cause more than just a discussion on which came first, purl one or knit two.

World Wide Knit in Public Day is June 18th and is part of World Wide Knit in Public Week because one day isn’t enough when yarn is your passion. yarnbombThe week will be filled with a variety of different knitting events: knitting in public is the main thing but there will also be yarn bombings – where a section of a town is covered with yarn graffiti. There will be free lessons to teach folks how to knit (or crochet) and there will be plenty of laughter and fun. (And food. Because knitters have made an art form out of eating and knitting.)

Though WWKIP is an organized event, each individual town or group organizes their own event(s). The magic comes with knowing there will be people all over the world knitting at the same time at least at some point during the 24 hours of the day.

kip3World Wide Knit in Public started way back in 2005 as a way to take a solitary hobby and make it more connective. Knit groups abound around the country and they got a big boost thanks to bringing knitting out of the house and putting it on a park bench or museum steps.

Believe it or not, there are some who do have a problem with people knitting in public. I take my knitting everywhere I go, even before it was my job. I’ve been known to knit in restaurants like Panera Bread where people have noted that I am taking up room where people could be having their lunch before going back to work. I’ve stitched during concerts – where people thought I was being disrespectful to the artist because I wasn’t paying attention to them. That conversation soon ended when I pointed out that my quiet knitting could not possibly be more rude than their talking to me about it during said concert.

The vast majority of conversations are positive and there are lots of stories about how someone’s mother, aunt, great-grandmother or second cousin twice removed on their father’s side, knit and crocheted marvelous things and if only they had learned or could learn, the tradition would live on. Knitting in public is a true ice breaker and invites people to connect and talk with each other.

Even if you aren’t a knitter, finding where the KIP events are going on in your area and attending one can make for a fun time. Depending on how passionate the local knitting community is, there’s more to it than just sticks and string. Where I will be attending will have a petting zoo, yarn related games and is in the courtyard of a library where there will be children’s time.

It’s also a great time to get a lesson or two as many events will have free lessons included on the day. kip2The more the merrier, you know. You want to be on the right side of things when knitters take over the world. The world will be happier. And in the end you get a hat.


Member Feature: Solviashop

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming, Solveiga of Solviashop, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.
My name is Solveiga. I live in Vilnius, which is the capital of Lithuania. I am a preschool teacher. I love my job and spending time with children. In my free time I like knitting, sewing, crocheting and making crafts.

When did you open your business, and what made you decide to do so?
I opened my little shop almost 8 months ago, and I am enjoying it enormously! I love to be in touch with customers and working products especially for them.

Tell us a bit about your products.
At Solviashop you can find expertly handmade knitted items such as socks, slippers, neck warmers, hats, pillows, blankets and more. All items in my shop are handmade using different types of yarn. Many of the items are knitted using several yarns to show and accent their design. I love different and modern designs for my handcrafts!

What inspires your work?
I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
I would like to knit 50 more pairs of socks, for a total of 160 items.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
My goal is to make my customers Smile and bring them Joy. All my Art is handmade, one of a kind, and from the Heart.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
Usually I knit in my living room.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known beforehand?
I wish I would have known more about SEO.

Any advice for those thinking of selling on Etsy?
Don’t be afraid of any challenge.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I like working in my garden.

Where can people find out more about your business?
People can find out more by visiting solveiga 1 on Pinterest, or @solveigakiran1 on Twitter.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for visiting Solviashop and have a great 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.

#CIJRoadTrip – Turkey: Istanbul

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Turkey – Istanbul with Zeynep from BloomedFlower

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

Türkiye, İstanbul.

I’m in a wonderful city. Istanbul Strait, one of the world’s unique beauty.

Worth seeing Istanbul Bosphorus.

Istanbul - Türkiye

Istanbul – Türkiye

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

Türkiye is a beautiful old country with an ancient history.

It is a country that is lush – celebrating 4 seasons.

Türkiye is a rapidly developing and modern country.

Also depends on tradition and is historic.

My country, the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Marmara and the Aegean Sea coast there are several.

Black Sea

Black Sea

Aegean Sea

Aegean Sea

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

All yarns and fabrics that I use in my products, my country is produced.

I am inspired by the vivid colors of my country. I love the authentic and modern design

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?

This fall I’m new to crochet and knitting products. New scarves and neck warmers made products and doing various gloves.

In my country there is a very nice fall, I miss the smell of rain!

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/goldscrochet/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zeynep.bloomed
Tweet: twitter.com/bloomedflower1
Wehartit: weheartit.com/zeynep_bloomed
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BloomedFlower


#CIJRoadTrip – Bryne, Norway

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

I have to say, I chose Norway for a reason; my husband’s family is from Norway and still have cousins living over there. I loved learning more about the country from Kristin!

Let’s travel to  – Bryne, Norway with Kristin Frøyland Jørgensen from Vamperstein

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

I live in the slightly rural town of Bryne, Norway, about 30 minutes south of Stavanger. Bryne is a small town, with about 11,000 inhabitants and you can easily walk from one corner of the city center to the other in about 15 minutes and since it’s situated in an agricultural area, you don’t get surprised if you suddenly see a tractor on the main street. Even though Bryne doesn’t have a lot to offer, at least it’s close to some decent natural scenery, like beaches and woods, and just 30 minutes from Stavanger.

The sea, just outside Hå Old Vicarage

The sea, just outside Hå Old Vicarage

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

Some of the places people could check out are among other things Ryvarden Lighthouse (near Sveio), Utstein Monastery (at Mosterøy) and Hå Old Vicarage (near Nærbø). These three are situated near the sea and have some hiking opportunities as well. If you visit Stavanger, you’ve got places like The Archeological Museum (and it’s Iron Age Farm), Øvre Holmegate (nicknamed “The Colorful Street”) and The Norwegian Canning Museum that is worth checking out.

Breiavannet, Stavanger

Breiavannet, Stavanger

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

In my photography, I get inspired a lot by nature and landscapes and some of the photo prints I’ve got for sale is shot at local places, like near the old church at Varhaug, which is situated next to the sea.

Pathway at the campus to University of Stavanger, where I do my studies for a BA degree in English Language and Literature

Pathway at the campus to University of Stavanger, where I do my studies for a BA degree in English Language and Literature

Knitting is something that has been done “for ages” in Norway and thanks to my grandmother, I learned to knit (even though I’m far from my grandmother’s level). At the moment I play around with the idea of doing some Selbu mittens and similar, but I haven’t arrived to the place where I’ve actually started doing that quite yet. I think the idea needs to mature a bit, but hopefully I’ll manage to do something sooner or later.

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’ll maybe do a craft show or two this fall, but I haven’t quite decided yet. I do on the other hand wear some of the knitted items I make for myself, just to self promote a bit while being at university campus. I occasionally bring along a knitting project to work on during breaks and some of the students and lecturers have started asking questions about it. That is the fun part of knitting, you can take it with you “everywhere” and there is a fair chance someone will be interested.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook; www.facebook.com/pages/Vampersteins-Shop/106327117163?ref_type=bookmark
Twitter; twitter.com/gothvamperstein
Pinterest; www.pinterest.com/ecogoth88/

Do You Want to Build A Snowman?

The time has come for snow, snow, and more snow! Up here in the Northeast US, at least. What better way to spend a snow day than building a snowman? (That and I recently saw Disney’s Frozen!)

First, and most importantly, we need snow.

Lets give him some eyes and a cheeky smile!

A carrot nose…

And a nice red scarf to keep him warm!

What’s your favourite snow day activity?