Christmas In July Social Media Month – #CIJSocialMediaMonth

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are excited for the Christmas In July Social Media Month! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to celebrate the month of May with a virtual #CIJSocialMediaMonth event right here on our blog!



The month of May we will focus on the four social media platforms that the #EtsyCIJ team active on –Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. As I mentioned the team is international and we are excited to share with you the value of social media, how to develop a social media plan, how to interact with others on social media and so much more! The Christmas In July Social Media Leaders are from all over the world and will share their unique perspectives!

Facebook Leaders:
Patricia – USA  –
Lia – Italy –
Angie – USA –
Debbie – USA –

Instagram Leaders:
Dawn – Australia –
Alicia – USA –

Pinterest Leaders:
Betty – USA –
Nancy – USA –
Kristy Jo -USA –
Barbara – Germany –

Twitter Leaders:
Karen – USA –
Rheta – USA –
Mary – USA –

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved! Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics!

May – Social Media Month

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today!

Please use #CIJSocialMediaMonth on social media as you celebrate with us!

So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a Social Media Month! A #CIJSocialMediaMonth!

Show Us Your Work Space – Lady Snooks

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

This week we visit the workspace of Betty from LadySnooks who makes a wide range of wire wrapped precious stone jewellery…. here’s what Betty has to say about her workspace:

As I guess with all of us, I started at the kitchen table, but then as the kids left home, I took over one of the bedroom. First with a small desk, and then with more and more. I now have a lovely little spot with a few tables to store my stash and tools. My husband retired from being a jeweler, so I have his wonderful Foredom (a Dremel on steroids). The board on my work table is well used as you can see. My computer sits opposite this as well. I turn on soft music, light a candle, close the door and I’m in another world.

Leader Spotlights – LadySnooks

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Leaders are an essential part of any team or organization. Leaders help other members succeed and grow as well as help the Captain achieve their objectives. Here at Christmas in July we have some wonderful Leaders and we want to honor your accomplishments in what we are calling Leadership Spotlight.



Betty Travell from LadySnooks is our next honoree

1. What made you decide to join the CIJ team and what do you love about the team?

I wanted to find out more information about the Christmas in July sale on Etsy. I stayed with the team because it has been a fabulous source of information about many things. The people are great and it is run very well. I’m still finding many new bits of information I don’t think I would find anywhere else.

2. What made you decide to become a CIJ team leader and what do you enjoy most about being a team leader?

I was asked by the Captain of the team to become a leader. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I love Pinterest and was asked to pin some of the items that are featured from the team. As I did this, I realized that we have some extremely talented members.

3. What is your style of leadership?

I think setting a good example is important and making instructions clear. People are very busy and I think these things are extremely helpful.

4. Tell us about yourself and your shop.

I’ve always loved doing arts and crafting from painting to needlework. About 8 years ago, I was retired (for the 2nd time) and was asked by my brother’s to manage the new addition to his jewelry supply store which was a bead shop. I knew nothing about it when I started, but soon learned, and the rest is history. I opened a shop on Etsy, but honestly it was empty for over a year. Then I decided to do something with it, and loved it. I’ve had so much enjoyment from the interaction with others on Etsy as well as selling my jewelry.

5. What are your social media sites?

Happy Christmas In July 2015 To All, And To All a Good Night!

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas In July 2015 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you to all the Etsy shop owners who participated this year.

The Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2015 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the CIJ leaders! Please take a moment to check out their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Angie from CraftyMom75

Ashley from FrenchSoulKnittery

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Betty from LadySnooks

Candy from TrueEarthDesigns

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Elizabeth from CottageCraftsOnline

Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads

Lia from Ghirlandiamo

Lin from rhodyart

Megha from byTheArtBug

Nancy from EponasCrystals

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

Sandra from Ankletknits

Tracy from LittleShopOfColor

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during CIJ!

We had many fun opportunities for you to be involved!

Thank you for joining us on Friday July 10th for the #CIJParty!


Please continue to use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2015 season!




Happy Christmas In July to all, and to all a good night!

#CIJParty 2015 – Jewelry Artist Betty

Guest blog post by Betty of LadySnooks

Creating jewelry is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.  To see an idea in my mind and then draw it, perhaps, and then see if I can make it happen in metal and stone the way I envisioned is wonderful to me.  It did not start that way.

When I first thought about making jewelry, it did not appeal to me at all.  Eight years ago, my brother asked me to run the new section to his jewelry supply business, a bead section. I never touched a jewelry tool or knew what findings even were.  He said I would learn. I did.  But what caught me off guard was the beauty of the gem stones and glass beads.  There was Labradorite with its blue flash, Lapis Lazuli with the sparkles of silver as was the lighter blue, Kyanite, and all the rest along with the  lampwork glass beads.



And so it began….  I tried a simple necklace and I was hooked.  Then I took a class in wire wrapping which uses wire, usually silver or gold filled, to create a bezel and loop in a way that it holds a stone and can be hung from a necklace.  I learned a lot in the class, but didn’t really get motivated or did anything with it.  It was months later, when I read a book on wire wrapping that it all came together for me.  I found the stone cabochons (a flat stone without holes) like Larimar and Turquoise, but also discovered dichroic fused glass and fossils!  How wonderful they all were!!  I could now use them in jewelry!!



Wire wrapping is still my favorite, though I also enjoy making ice resin pendants, charm bracelets and sometimes just beading.  I am beginning to do wire weaving and piercing (sawing a design in the middle of a piece of metal) and want to devote time to these things too.



There are so many different ways to make jewelry, you can always find something new and different. After all the variety of arts and crafts in my life, making jewelry has and is the most gratifying for me.  Eight years have passed, and it has not been relegated into a closed box in the back of my craft closet like a lot of my other abandoned hobbies.  It is always new.



My social media sites:




For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

#CIJParty 2015 – Welcome To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2015, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, enjoy guest blog articles and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!CIJFacebookAviGood


We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.



Tangerine – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2015 is Tangerine.

Pantone Spring 2015

Pantone Spring 2015

Spontaneous and gregarious, Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energizing, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving color invites a smile.

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Tangerine items in their shops! Here are a few!

CandyAppleCrafts from CandyAppleCrafts says:

I didn’t make this piece, but it caught my eye. It’s such a fun, carefree design! I can picture a lady wearing sandals and a scarf in her hair, carrying this with her on the way to a sunny brunch or afternoon at the beach!



Ina from InaSudjana says:

I wanted to do something that’s out there. And for a business card wallet, it needn’t be dull and boring. I need an edge – a fun yet practical, a pick me up yet serious. Tangerine it is! Just LOVE the combo with the dusty turquoise!



Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

This adorable kitten is just waiting for a new home in this gorgeous tangerine basket filled with flowers! Vintage linens are a wonderful way to brighten your Spring/Summer bedding!



Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

This multi-colored baby blanket is finished with a brightly colored tangerine edge. This blanket was made by my mom and the material was inspired from nature, showing creatures large and small. The colors are so vivid and the animals varied that it really does make you smile.



Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Birch Trees & Forest Flowers Original Art Quilt Wall Hanging created for your home or office decor.



Noel from MinkCouture says:

A hand dyed silk scarf inspired by vintage couture. Dip dyed darker tangerine around a peachy background the scarf was then hand wrapped around a pole to get a lovely snake skin effect with black dye in the center!

I love using nature to inspire my scarf designs. Each one is unique and made by hand.



Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

These scarves were inspired by full length shawls, which everyone loves the look of, but no one has the opportunity to wear.



Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love the background tangerine color so perfect for spring.



Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

It was all about the color! I saw this fabric and knew I had to make a skirt. It was bold, bright and beautiful!



N RAEDER from AThingOrTutu says:

Inspiration was a “red carpet” pageant theme…simple & elegant!



Betty Travell from LadySnooks says:

In the store where I buy beads, they had strings of hand blown glass beads of all colors. There was one string that caught my eye. It was multi-color with 11 beads per string. there were two of each color except the tangerine swirl with yellow. That was the bead I wanted. So, I had to buy two strands to get this one pair, but it was worth it. It is a gorgeous bright color that just invites fun.



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Much of my inspiration is organic colour and surface drawn from nature so I love this triple pendant necklace made from marbled clays designed to feature the inherent texture of the natural clay body – there is no glaze. The contrast of the orange tangerine and white colours are fresh and playful. This is a great necklace for day or night time wear.

It even comes packaged in a gorgeous tangerine drawstring jewellery pouch!



Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love the color in these coral beads! Reminds me of a sunset or a bright sunny marigold. Or a tangerine! All reminders of summer and warmer weather, which I am sure we all are wishing for.



Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says:

Aventurine is a semi-precious stone that comes in an orange tangerine color. It is said to bring bountiful goodness to those who wear it. It reminds me of orange sherbet. I hand beaded this bracelet with it by adding glass pearls and silver Delica seed beads.



Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

I have very little that’s orange or tangerine but here’s a Mother’s Day card that’s very bright.



Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I created this print as a “pick me up” for home, and then found a lot of people resonated with it! So I added it to my shop in bright tangerine, it really stands out and that’s what I’m striving to do!



Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I had made a set of coasters for myself and they turned out well, so I decided to make some digital download coaster art. This set has a lovely tangerine chevron.



Tracy from LittleShopofColor says:

This item is part of a rainbow collection of papers that I have been creating. I still have 5 more sets to post and I am also combining the papers into two large bundles of 5 sets. My inspiration – all the colors of the rainbow!!

The papers in this pack have a pretty “tone on tone” effect so the tangerine color is really pretty.



Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns says:

I was inspired to make this butterfly sun catcher in honor of the monarch butterflies that I loved so dearly as a child. I have been seeing them in their annual migration less and less over the last 10 years and it truly saddens me. I made this as a reminder to myself and others to remember these beautiful delicate creatures and to save them by not using pesticides. Also, as a reminder to plant butterfly attracting flowers in your yards to help them on their cross continent journey!



Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

This is not a proper wreath for spring time! But people love it in any period of the year and it’s one of the preferred ones.

I love using natural elements in my decors and dried oranges and dried whole tangerines always add cheerfulness and color.