Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!


1. madhurab / Qforquilts / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Sarah Johnson / BellaBoutique23CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Shelly / ShellysSelectSalvageCIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Sylvette Marie / thedoggiehouseCIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Deborah Ruggiero / DesignDimensionsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Suzy Tomlinson / WillowsAndMoreCIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Julie Siomacco / SouthernCharmWreathsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. toysfrom70s / toysfrom70sCIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. beverly / Knit360five / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Becky / LollysCubbyHoleCIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. rufflesandbowties / rufflesandbowtiesCIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Kasia / CraftLoveNatureCIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3!

#CIJPopUPMarket #3 – LollysCubbyHole

Contributer Post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 – Becky of LollysCubbyHole



1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

My shop is LollysCubbyHole & my name is somewhat unique as it is the name my grandchildren call me, “Lolly”. I do a lot of custom requests, for weddings and home decor, farmhouse style.

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

July brings the grandchildren to town, so we spend a lot of time on the pond fishing and in the pool. Plus , we take tractor rides around the farm!

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Most likely we would return to Paris, France & Italy.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

Living ~ would be my husband. He is kind and patient, and works very hard to improve the lives of those in Haiti. Deceased would be my grandparents, who lovingly raised me.

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

I always wanted to play the piano in a grand way.. no pun intended! It is such a lovely sound, to have music filling the home. My husband plays and we have two pianos!! ( I have 3 sewing machines, so I can’t complain).

6. What are your social media sites?





Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our second annual #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop

1. madhurab / Qforquilts / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Sarah Johnson / BellaBoutique23CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Shelly / ShellysSelectSalvageCIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Sylvette Marie / thedoggiehouseCIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Deborah Ruggiero / DesignDimensionsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Suzy Tomlinson / WillowsAndMoreCIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Julie Siomacco / SouthernCharmWreathsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. toysfrom70s / toysfrom70sCIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. beverly / Knit360five / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Becky / LollysCubbyHoleCIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. rufflesandbowties / rufflesandbowtiesCIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Kasia / CraftLoveNatureCIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3!

My Etsy Shop’s Biggest Challenge

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Etsy is an e e-commerce marketplace for handmade artists, crafters and collectors to sell their creations, vintage goods and crafting supplies. When my shop Designs By CnC opened in 2011, I did not fully realize just how many different aspects are involved selling on Etsy.

Having worked in the retail brick and mortar stores all my life, I figured that selling on-line would be about the same.  Wrong.  Basically, I knew nothing about search engine optimization (SEO), my titles and descriptions were not great and I lacked quality photos.

You have heard of the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  When a customer is shopping online, they are not able to hold the product in their hand. The biggest challenge for my shop was improving all of my photos.  So I invested in some lights and a photo box.  I also took the time to read the instruction manual that came with my camera and experimented with different settings.  My greatest discovery the past year was using a photo editing program called FotoFuze.  Now my photos are brighter and show more detail.

Opening an Etsy shop has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life.  An important part of the Etsy experience is that of the Etsy community.  I am fortunate to be a member of the Christmas In July Team.  I asked my fellow teammates the following questions:  What was the biggest challenge your Etsy shop had in the past year?  How did you overcome it?

Stock Lane Studio  from  StockLaneStudio had this to say:

Having one or two shops?

As you have mentioned, Catherine, there are many challenges involved in running an online store. I go back and forth focusing on different problems and SEO, photos and promoting are frequently up on the list. Another challenge that keeps on coming up for me is whether or not to open a second shop.

SLS has a lot of items, and I constantly wonder if I should open a 2nd shop so that my PRINTS and Photographs are in one shop and PRINTABLE art in another. With the recent changes to our shop layout and view, I am coming back to this topic.

Is it worth me opening up a second shop when most shoppers find items by search anyway?

For me, as long as I can keep my items well-organized so I can keep track of them and they are up-to-date, I feel that it is easier to just have one shop. I am worried, though, that shoppers get confused about printed and printable items. I have printed and instant download versions of the same art, and I have found that both sell. I think I have avoided some confusion. For my Instant Download art, I try to make the fact that it is a Printable very clear: I have it placed early on in the title, it is in more than one tags, in the description and in one of the 5 photos.

With the new layout, scrolling through all my listings is not fun, and rearranging is even less fun now. How many shoppers look past the second page though, or what is now the 1st 48 or so items?

We can now have up to 15 shop sections. This has really helped me organize my items and helps shoppers find more of what interests them once they are in my shop. And keeping shoppers in my shop is a big goal. The longer they stay, the more likely that are to buy.

Using related links to other listings is also a way to keep shoppers in my shop and directing them to things that might be of interest to them.

What would help me even more is if I could rearrange the listings in all my shop sections because I feel that is where shoppers are going, and I want that to be organized.

Printable Yes, We're Open Rustic brown Kraft paper Sign

Printable Yes, We’re Open Rustic brown Kraft paper Sign

beverly from designbcb responded:

My biggest challenge is finding where to focus my social media energies. It doesn’t seem to be enough just to post something of Facebook or Instagram, etc. if they don’t reach people who are looking for what you have. To go along with that, it’s also keeping new and fresh offerings to appeal to current and future customers.

Instant downloadable knitting pattern

Instant downloadable knitting pattern

Becky from LollysCubbyHole answered:

I have been struggling for months, after my shop seemingly fell off the map. Not long after my biggest months for sales, my shop started to decline. I am not sure what to attribute that to. My lack of energy to keep promoting, Etsy SEO changes, not enough Social Media. ( I do Twitter, FB, IG, Pinterest) but after pushing it for months have slacked off and that is my own fault.

I know not listing new items hurts in all those brackets, but I can’t keep any more stock items if they aren’t selling.

So now my challenge is to stay or go…

Rustic pallet sign,wedding sign

Rustic pallet sign,wedding sign

World Peace Day

 Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

World Peace Day (November 17th) appears to be a grass root effort made by curator, Don Morris. It is just one example of how one person can make a huge difference in the world.

World Peace Day encourages us to be kind and share peace through our daily activities. The easiest and most unique way to spread the peace (I think) seems to be by folding some origami cranes and leaving them around your city or town for all to see.
I reached out to some of my fellow Christmas in July members for some Peace Themed items to share today.
Nancy of EponasCrystals chose this Peace Heart Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon Wrap Bracelet. She says, “What could represent peace better than the peace sign! In the 1950s the “peace sign”, as it is known today, was designed as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and adopted by anti-war and counterculture activists in the United States and elsewhere. The CND, headed by philosopher Bertrand Russell, was planning an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral to protest the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston. By the end of the 1960’s, the symbol had been adopted as a generic peace sign, crossing national and cultural boundaries in Europe and other regions. The sign really became popular in the US during the 1960s and 70s, when it became associated with anti-Vietnam protests. Today the sign is a universal symbol of peace worldwide.”
Owner of StockLaneStudio chose this Peace Typography Print. She says, “In light of what’s going on in the world right now, especially this week in Paris, this is an important event! Just breathe some fresh air and relax everybody!!”
Samantha of DahlbyDesigns chose this Black Fused Glass Plate with White Daisy. She says, “A wonderful topic! This fused glass plate has a cheerful daisy at its center with captivating dichroic frit glass used as the stem. I have often visualized a field of daisies gently swaying in the breeze during stressful times, and I find that the movement and soothing color palette is very calming. The color changing stem in this piece adds a bit of surprise and invites us to look a little closer, to really notice the beauty in something delicate and peaceful.”
Janine of AllSortsOfSoaps chose this #makeforgood Christmas Candle. She says, “Peace is such a beautiful word and so hard to achieve. My #makeforgood Christmas Candle is especially made to give peace and support women and girls living in poverty in Cambodia through Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign. For me, the candle flame represents hope, courage and peace in a world that sorely needs all three.”
Owner of EthicalInfant chose this Organic Cotton Baby Blue Onesie. She says, “Our item features the quote – “Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa. These are words that we must all remember, especially now. Some will tell us to “be on the lookout” for those who wish us harm. Other may say to hunker down and not go out to where we could be venerable. We hope to challenge those sentiments. By looking at each other, kindly, embracing our differences and our similarities, and beginning a conversation with a smile, there is hope for all who wish to have it. Peace truly does begin with a smile.”

Becky of LollysCubbyHole  chose this Joy Pallet Christmas Sign. She says “With Peace comes Joy. I wish for both; for the nation of France and the rest of our trouble strewn nations.”

I had a lot of fun putting this post together, and loved reading all the great stories that pair with these items that are all unique representations of peace.
How will you be celebrating and spreading the peace today? Please share your story below!

Sewing Machine Day

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Sewing Machine Day,September 10th, celebrates a very important invention —– the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s.

Here at Christmas in July we want you to share any sewing items and the story behind it!

Cyndi Dragonflyz Dreams from frstyfrolk says:

These 6 inch Knitted Bullion Trims are available in any color you desire and any length! Use them in sewing a Hassock, Poof or Tuffett Foot Stools along the Bottom Border. You may also surround and cover the edging of a pillow to show more ambiance! Embellishment for Handbags, and other Home Decor or Costumes. Get with it, I have several kinds and sizes available!

It might be Bohemian, Shabby Chic, Traditional, Victorian, Romantic, Edwardian, Renaissance, etc.

Please see my Shop section called Buttons, Notions, Fabrics for other similar listings.


Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Where would we be without the sewing machine? We certainly would have less clothes, blankets, quilts, etc. Hand sewing these items would take far too long!

The checkerboard baby blanket is a great example of an item that would be hard to hand sew. With so many pieces stitched together it would be a very intricate process. The blanket is super soft though so the sewer at least would have a great fabric to hold while working on the project.

Viva la France! Thanks for such a great invention to help make our lives easier.


LeAnn Frobom from pasqueflower states:

This item celebrates Sewing Machine Day in two ways. Many of us learned to sew with guidance from our grandmothers. And sewing machines have advanced in the past century far beyond straight stitches. We are now able to make sturdy buttonholes, decorative stitches and machine-embroidered designs.


Becky from LollysCubbyHole discusses:

I was inspired as a little girl listening to the hum and clackety clack of my grandmother’s 1950’s Necchi machine, upon which she created all my clothes! ( my girlfriend still owns the machine!)

I make so many things on sewing machines, and I own 3 plus a serger( which I have not mastered).


Rina from RinartsAtelier said:

I have several sewing machine, and none of them I can miss. Most of them I use every day.

Yet I donated one of the oldest machines, I did not use for a long time (A hand driven Singer 19K58 ) to a foundation that rescues tools and machines for projects in third world countries.

I hope the people there will have a lot of Sewing Machine Days with my old machine.

You can read more about this in my blog here:

Judith Messenger from FabriArts states:

Most of the items in my shop were created on a sewing machine! I make quilts, baby blankets, quilted table linens, aprons, fabric accessories, framed fiber art and fabric cards and postcards. I do lots of embellishment by hand, especially on my fiber art and postcards, but there is usually some machine stitching on these projects as well.

This is one of my favorite quilts – the bright fabrics and colors really make stitching quilts like this fun!


Chinook Design from Customquiltsbyeva says:

My sewing machine is my silent partner in business. There’s five different specialized sewing machines in my workshop to help me create my quilts day by day. Without these guys the production time would be so much longer. I love my little helpers.


Nancy from FredsDiscoveries tells me:

 quilt making can be done on the sewing machine or by hand. Here are some great gift ideas for the quilter in your family. Yes, I love to make quilts.





#CIJParty 2015 – Creator And Designer Becky

Guest blog post by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

I was born in Huntington, West Virgina in 1951.  I think that officially makes me old, but I am fighting against that for now!



I loved Christmas always. I grew up in my grandparents home, and Christmas meant lots of good smells from the kitchen, prickly pine trees that we picked out at the Christmas Tree Stand next to the local Dairy Queen and a good holiday argument always!



Mostly the arguments seemed to come from standing the tree in just the right corner of our tiny living room and putting the lights on. I think of that now, as we easily put up a lighted tree, right out of the box!  The slinky silver “icicles” blew around every time the door opened and landed on the sofa and I would get the job of collecting them and placing them ever so gingerly back on the tree!



I come from a family of crafters, sewers and artistic people so I have dabbling in paints, glue and fabric forever it seems. We always had some sort of project and the holidays were no exception.

One of my delicious memories was getting to snip the sugared gumdrops with an old black-handled pair of scissors for the “Pork Cake” otherwise known to most people as “Fruitcake”. I don’t remember it being the dreaded Fruitcake of the Chevy Chase standards, it was moist, with gooey fruit inside and nice crunch on the top. The secret was a piece of pork fat that was used in place of lard, butter or Crisco. My Grandmother made it every year for as long as she was able to cook.  I would love to have a piece of it today!



Another tradition was the Turkey with Oyster Stuffing INSIDE the turkey…YIKES!  Some folks really frown at that process today, but oh, was it delicious! The extra stuffing that would not fit into the the 24 lb. ( or more ) Turkey were shaped into patties and placed around the Turkey in the pan…they were crispy and soaked in the juice of the baked Turkey…my choice of the entire meal.

And who could forget making Snow Ice Cream during the winter…even if it was late at night, when the snow would fall, ever so silently for hours, we were allowed to run outside, sometimes in our pajamas, to scoop up a metal bowl full of clean snow. ( no yellow snow, please!)  Add to that some sugar, vanilla and a little milk and it was the most delightful treat ever!



For your own Christmas, maybe you would like to try the Oyster Stuffing!

GRANNY’S OYSTER STUFFING ( as written by me in 1971 over the telephone w/Granny)

Approx. 2 loaves of white bread, cubed & toasted
1/2 stick of butter ( melted )
1/3 C chopped celery
1/4 C chopped onion
1 tsp of salt
dash black pepper
1 can of oysters
1 C of milk
“Crumble” 1 tsp of dried sage

Wash inside & out of Turkey
Turn upside to drain
salt & pepper the inside of Turkey

Cube & Toast your bread under the oven broiler and set aside to cool
Place in a large bowl
Pour the milk over the bread cubes, add your melted butter, celery, onion, salt, pepper and oysters.  Mix well with your hands.

Stuff the cavities with your stuffing mix.

Place the turkey legs back in place and secure with baker’s twine. ( today they have clips)
If you have extra stuffing, make patties and place around the Turkey in the baking pan.

Wrap the whole Turkey & pan with aluminum foil uncovering to brown for the last 20 minutes.

BAKE 20 min. per lb. in a 325 oven or until turkey leg juice runs clear when pierced with a fork.

Allow to stand for 15-20 minutes before carving!

If I breathe in deeply I am certain I can smell that Turkey baking now!

No need to wait for December, Happy CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2015!



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