New Team Members: May

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who joined in May! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Simona from LaLunadiLanaHandmade says:

Hi everyone!

I live in Rome and have two children, I love to crochet items for babies and child and this is what I sell in my shop.

My dream is to crochet full time and leave my official job in a boring office because my minds always go to my yarns and new project and I believe that Mums can do everything!

Christmas is my favourite days of the year so… this team match perfectly to me.

To introduce my items in this team I choose this item…
matching with the Chritmas moode, this hat is my own design and I hope one day to write the pattern and became also a crochet designer..

I know it’s springtime now… but why not Christmas in May?

LaLunadiLanaHandmade

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Memories Of The #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

During the month of May 2018 the Etsy Christmas In July team hosted a photo challenge.

The Photo Challenge opened May 1st and ended May 31st! We saw may stunning floral photos from our team members!

Many team members shared their photo during day of the challenge. Please join us as we celebrate the closing of our #EtsyCIJ #FloralChallenge!

We will be hosting another #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge during the #EtsyCIJ 2018 event July 1st – July 10th. Watch for details both here in our blog and our team forum on Etsy!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge!

Alicia, Cindy, Mairi and Michelle1. M Mendoza from MendozamVintage Instagram: mendozamvintage

2. Rebecca from OrnamentsbyRebecca Instagram: ornaments_by_rebecca

3. #EtsyCIJPhotoChallenge

4. Cristal from DesignsbyCristal Instagrm: Creativedesignsbycristal

5. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1

6. Nancy from EponasCrystals Instagram: eponascrystals

7. Mairi from mairidesign Instagram: mairidesign1

8. Nancy from EponasCrystals Instagram: eponascrystals

Pinterest – #CIJSocialMediaMonth

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us 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!

This week our Pinterest leaders Nancy, Kristy Jo and Barbara 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!

Follow Us On Pinterest

Follow Us On Pinterest

Please introduce yourself and the other team leaders who are part of your respective social media site.      

We are the social media team leaders for the Etsy Christmas in July Pinterest group.
Nancy www.etsy.com/people/eponascrystals
Kristy Jo www.etsy.com/people/KristyJo67
Barbara www.etsy.com/people/minimixi

What social media site are you team leaders for?

We manage the team Pinterest account.

What is the CIJ Pinterest site and handle?  

We can be found on Pinterest at Etsy Christmas In July:
www.pinterest.com/etsycij/  

#EtsyCIJ

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest

Tell us about Pinterest.

Pinterest is a website that allows you to “pin” things online, just as you would pin them on a real life
bulletin board, but instead, Pinterest saves all of your pins on your account so that you can access them
easily. Plus, you can follow friends on Pinterest and “repin” things that they have already pinned on your
Pinterest boards or browse a live feed of items that are being pinned by strangers when you’re searching
for inspiration.

What do you find valuable about Pinterest?         

Pinterest is a valuable tool for show casing your items and gaining new followers. Pinterest has over 100
millions users. Just think of the possibilities! Plus it can be a great organizing tool as well.

What kind of content is most effective on Pinterest?

I have found that almost anything goes on Pinterest. You can pin your items, tutorials, inspirational pins,
beautiful images, etc.CIJSocialMediaMonth

How can Pinterest be part of your business strategy?

Use Pinterest just as you would Instagram. Post items once or twice a day. Evenings seem to get more
re-pins. When others follow you, follow back. Soon you will have loads of followers. Also searching for
users with similiar pins and following them can get you followers as well.

It’s important to have a social media plan. What can you achieve on Pinterest?

To pin new items on your shop board, share this on different boards, also on different group boards give you the possibility to achieve a lot of followers.

How do you develop this social media plan?

Getting started is easy! Just create an account on Pinterest. Set up your board and start pinning!

Here is a help guide developed by Pinterest to get you started

Pinterest Help Center

Pinterest Help Center

What is the most creative way to find new followers on Pinterest?

More followers can help you get more likes, repins, comments, clicks and impressions.

This can then help drive traffic and increase sales in your shop. I think the magic to find new followers is to pin a lot and share a lot. Helpful is to connect with your other social media networks. So your friends on Facebook get your followers on Pinterest.

How do you interact with others on Pinterest?

When others follow you, follow back. Soon you will have loads of followers. Also searching for users with
similiar pins and following them can get you followers as well

What else would you like to share about Pinterest?

Pinterest is great to share the shop items of our team members. So it’s a very fine marketing tool. The Christmas In July Team has a Pinterest account with different boards. Team members have a variety of ways to be featured on Pinterest. Please see the team forum for opportunities.

Christmas In July Blog Board

Christmas In July Blog Board

Share Your Social Media Sites

Nancy – www.etsy.com/shop/eponascrystals
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/eponascrystals/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/eponascrystals/
Twitter – twitter.com/eponascrystals
Facebook – www.facebook.com/crystalsbyepona/

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Kristy Jo – www.etsy.com/shop/KrystalKlarityBeads
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/kristyroetter/
Facebook – www.facebook.com/KrystalKlarityBeads
Twitter – twitter.com/KristyRoetter

KrystalKlarityBeads

KrystalKlarityBeads

Barbara – https://www.etsy.com/shop/MermaidsHatbox
Pinterest – https://de.pinterest.com/fraumithut/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MermaidsHatbox/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/OllerHut

MermaidsHatbox

MermaidsHatbox

7 Day Pinterest Challenge

Join the 7 Day Pinterest Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJSocialMediaMonth in the caption of your challenge photos! We will randomly pin your photos on this thread: #CIJSocialMediaMonth 7 Day Pinterest Challenge.

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Instagram – #CIJSocialMediaMonth

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us 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!

This week our Instagram leaders Dawn and Alicia 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!

Follow Us On Instagram

Follow Us On Instagram

Please introduce yourself and the other team leaders who are part of your respective social media site.      

Our names are Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns, and Alicia from Alicia’s Findings.

What social media site are you team leaders for?

We manage the team Instagram account.

What is the CIJ Instagram site and handle?        

You can find the team on Instagram by searching EtsyChristmasinJuly.

www.instagram.com/etsychristmasinjuly

EtsyChristmasInJuly Local Market Series On Instagram

EtsyChristmasInJuly Local Market Series On Instagram

Tell us about Instagram.         

Instagram is a great forum for displaying and marketing your products as it is photo based. People can find your products using hashtags which means you can target your items very specifically which is great for attracting customers shopping for what you have to offer.

It is also great for networking as you can follow other Instagram users and they can follow you.

What do you find valuable about Instagram?         

Because of the format of Instagram it is a valuable tool for reaching your target customer.

What kind of content is most effective on Instagram?

Content can include items from your shop, but it is also a great way to tell the story of your products through work in progress pictures or even short videos. Additional information like this allows a potential customer to feel more involved with you and your product – it creates a connection.

How can Instagram be part of your business strategy?

Instagram is essential to your business strategy due to its format of pictures and hashtags. Posts appear in real time, so it effective to post a few times a day, without seeming too spammy. Ideally you might post in the morning, afternoon and evening. This way you’re reaching people at different times of the day which is also great for reaching international browsers.

It’s important to have a social media plan. What can you achieve on Instagram?

I think that Instagram offers the opportunity to develop a more personal approach to your marketing, which enables potential customers to feel more secure in transacting with your business.

EtsyChristmasInJuly Workspace Series On Instagram

EtsyChristmasInJuly Workspace Series On Instagram

How do you develop this social media plan?

Developing a social media plan is like developing any other plan related to your business. Set a goal to post three times a day, as mentioned earlier – morning , afternoon and night…. this way you’re reaching a broad audience at different times of the day. Not everyone is on Instagram at the same, and this way you will also reach international audiences.

What is the most creative way to find new followers on Instagram?

The most effective way to find new followers is to carefully target your hashtags, and also to mix them up a little – but don’t use ones that are not relevant to your product, as this is deceptive which is not good business practice. The other way to gain followers on Instagram is to follow people yourself, and also comment on their work as well as liking. Comments involve you more in what other people have to say, which is appreciated and often reciprocated.

How do you interact with others on Instagram?

Through the team account we like and comment on followers photos, congratulate them on achievements such as positive feedback from a sale, we repost team members products, and share articles from the team blog. In this way we are helping to promote team shops and their products.

EtsyChristmasInJuly Favorite Fashion Trends

EtsyChristmasInJuly Favorite Fashion Trends

What else would you like to share about Instagram?

As a marketing tool Instagram is an effective way of reaching your target customer and networking with like minded businesses.

The emphasis on great photos allows you to show your product off to its best, and the use of smart hashtags allows customers to find your product.

The team account shares and promotes team shops and their products – simply tag your items #etsychristmasinjuly so we can you!

Share Your Social Media Sites

Dawn:
https://www.facebook.com/Deedeedeesignsaustralia-590665754357532
http://twitter.com/deedeedeesigns
http://dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com/
http://www.instagram.com/dawnwhitehand
http://www.pinterest.com/dawnwhitehand

Alicia:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alicias-Findings/113535328774145
https://twitter.com/AliciasFindings
https://instagram.com/aliciasfindings/
https://www.pinterest.com/AliciasFindings/

7 Day Instagram Challenge

Join the 7 Day Instagram Challenge! Use the hashtag #EtsyCIJSocialMediaMonth in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you!

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May – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate May – New Arrivals.

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says:

I’ve always wanted to design and craft a line of journals that are completely my own. I feel this series of Fancy Coptic Journals is a step in the right direction. The covers showcase paper that I hand-dyed, yielding unique results, making each book one of a kind. And while the coptic stitch is fairly common, I’ve amended it to show off the spine of the book.

SproutsPressDesigns

SproutsPressDesigns

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

One of my closest friends loves tea and many times as we spend time together she will offer me a cup of tea as we share, laugh, cry, or just enjoy each other in silence. As I made the card, I thought of her, “A cup of Tea warms the soul like a good friend”.

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

At the moment I have quite a few friends who are having babies! Havng 2 boys of my own (one of them a baby), thought why not make a baby boy card to welcome a new baby! The card is layered giving it a 3D effect.

DesignedbyAnneliese

DesignedbyAnneliese

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

From a purely practical standpoint, I need to add more get well/encouragement cards to the shop, so that’s one reason I made this.
On a more creative level, though, I love to work with vintage photos and images of people from bygone times and imagine what they might be thinking, especially if their expression is very prim and proper.

This particular image, I think, is from a website called The Graphics Fairy and it’s one of a set of Victorian Shakespearean images of Shakespeare heroines. I did notice that Lady Macbeth is not included in this set (lol) and if you know the play, you’ll understand why.

I like to use vintage style patterned papers to evoke that mood of a time past, hence my choice of the red and white paper used here-the red pattern is actually flocked onto the paper so it’s raised and feels very nice. Adds a little extra touch.

Though I do other work that I don’t usually sell on Etsy, I always, always come back to doing these cards because I enjoy them.

rhodyart

rhodyart

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I had this idea of including a compass on a graduation card. I like the idea of pointing to the right direction after graduation and finding a way through life. A graduation is a start for that, isn’t it? My daughter will graduate from high school next year, so this topic is currently close to me.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:

I love making things for children. Although my shop is for everyone, I have a special love for creating things for babies and children. I love making frames that can either be picture frames or decorations all by themselves. I would love to have people come see what I do as I also love browsing other’s shops!

CathysCraftWorld

CathysCraftWorld

Tanya Hladovska from Unicard says:

With this set of postcards you will be able to congratulate all the members of your family or friends. Сolorful handmade card will please anyone. I make them in spring and summer and let all the warmth of this seasons be transferred to your close people on winter evenings.

Unicard

Unicard

Carmen from Mipezluna says:

Lately I have become an addict to make these pouches with amigurumi.
My little daughter loves them and uses the first one that I made to keep her “castañuelas” that she uses in Spanish dancing class. Now all her friends want one for themselves!

Mipezluna

Mipezluna

Theresa Holland from KraftyGrannysHome says:

I love creating these and they are so useful, always looking through my stash of fabric to find a combo that I like.

KraftyGrannysHome

KraftyGrannysHome

MissMinù from TinyFeltHeart says:

It’s very, very warm here, it seems Summer has already arrived! And I prefer rainy days and cold weather!

I’m always thinking about Christmas, especially in Spring-Summer.

It’s one of my Happy thoughts!

I’m sewing some Christmas items and I’m listening to ‘Have Yourself a merry Little Christmas’ sung by Judy Garland in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’.

TinyFeltHeart

TinyFeltHeart

Sarah from bellazahn says:

 Don’t you just love the Scandinavian feel of all these stockings? They remind me of the handknitted jumpers my mother used to knit when we were kids. Sadly my knitting skills are not up to making them in wool so this advent calendar in cotton will have to be my new favourite instead!

bellazahn

bellazahn

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have started to ramp up my Christmas listings already. This charming pillow cover is made with a section of one of my antique postcards and adds just the right vintage touch to the upcoming holiday season decorating. Actually I think it is charming enough to leave out for the entire winter season. Soft and cuddly the pillow cover is made from velveteen – ahh, just perfect to cuddle with on those cold winter nights (yup, those cold nights will return).

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I love vintage items and when I found this sweet honey bee pattern, I just had to embroider it! I picked a new fabric for the back that had a mod style to it which adds to the retro feel. It would be a lovely spring and summer decor item and would be a fabulous gift for a bee collector or gardener.

WickedlyCreative

WickedlyCreative

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love all vintage things and summer dresses are high on my list to love. This seersucker sundress is so typical of the 1950’s 1960’s .
Beautifully made and so perfect for summer.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

I believe this skirt was a custom made piece, it’s so extremely well done. The fabric is so rich with eyelet ruffles and silver eagles. I found this skirt in Thrift store in Palm Spring, CA.

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

I love this soft organic cotton for spring and summer hats. I designed this hat using the common fan pattern striped in such a way to produce the ever popular chevron pattern. The muted colors complement each other and the style and texture remind me of Victorian era fashion.

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Newbie today: I have a new couching foot for my long arm sewing machine. My VAST stock (hoard is my hubby’s word for this pile) of sari silk ribbon works so well with it. The result of my silk and huge pile of pics of the local sunset over Lake Michigan.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:

Starting off the summer with some newly created wreaths. This one is a great way to honor the USA in your home!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry says:

I have had this ancient Roman coin showing the image of Roman empress Julia Domna on one side and Roman goddess Diana on the other. As I love to set ancient coins in my sterling silver rings, I have set it in a predesigned ring I made for the coin and decorated it with a hammered. silver thread. I believe that mainly women can wear it with pride.

rioritajewelry

rioritajewelry

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

There’s something about the quiet, yet elegant simplicity of antique white china bowls. Found recently in a Victorian estate sale, these beautiful bowls celebrated many a holiday meal with family.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This cute little bowl is made using the pinching method – I love making pinch pots because they are very intimate and hands on, and the shape of the finished bowl reflects the shape of the makers hand…. it is almost a document in clay!
I also love pinch pots because they are very organic, and the green glaze used on this bowl serves to heighten this natural feel.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques says:

This is a rare 1st edition book that was recently found at a local
estate sale in Nevada County, Ca. Amazing find!

KarenLovesAntiques

KarenLovesAntiques

Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says:

This was originally a custom order made for one of my regular customers. I was really happy when she asked me to do it. When I took the picture of the whole order I saw it and I thought, well that is a very good spring set!

JuguetesEloisa

JuguetesEloisa

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

This items was inspired by Fishing trips with granddad! It’s a great keepsake / valet box.

WalterSilva

WalterSilva