Welcome New Members – April

Contributor Post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Welcome to the members of the team for April – and here is a brief introduction to them and their shops. Please visit their shops and make them feel welcome by favouriting their items and sharing on social media!

Mandi’s shop CraftsbyMandi has just reached its first year etsy-versary! So yay to Mandi! Mandi makes chunky wool scarves, headbands, ear warmers, original still life oil paintings, quirky reversible baby blankets and what ever else you can imagine! She gladly take custom orders! Mandi’s favorite creation right now are her baby blankets. They seem to be selling very well and they are a fun project to use with cute fabrics.

Mandi is also very active on Twitter and looks forward to following team members.

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 Kia Ora (hello) from Linda in New Zealand! Linda is totally hooked on Christmas and loves the country style! She is busy working on new creations for her shop The Christmas Den, including NZ themed items such as the pukeko and kiwi. Linda is looking forward to being involved with the Christmas in July promotions and meeting other members who share the Christmas spirit!

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Chris from CreativeChris000 is a very eclectic crafter and loves to try all different sorts of projects and techniques. Her Etsy shop is still in its first year and she believes she has lots to learn and any exposure is appreciated.

Currently she is actively pursuing upcycling projects and has challenged herself to find any possible decoration that could be made using soda cans. This past Christmas she had an entire selection of Christmas ornaments made from cans and hopes to increase her selection for this year. Linda is looking forward to participating in the team.

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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!

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#CIJRoadTrip – New Zealand: Dunedin

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to New Zealand – Dunedin with Kaz from TangerineToes

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

I live in Dunedin, a small city of approximately 120k. About 20k of our population is made up of university students, so you really could call us a uni-town. Situated very near the bottom of the South Island Dunedin is a beautiful city with sandy beaches (not to mention cold ocean currents straight from Antarctica), mountains, and a natural harbour, lush farmland and fabulous Scottish Heritage architecture. That’s to name a few – of course! Rumor has it that Scottish settlers planned for Dunedin to be the new Capital City of New Zealand (about 150-200 years ago I think) so the ‘city boundary’ is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (yes, we’ve got lots of room to grow). Dun being Scottish for South and Edin after Scotland’s proud city of Edinborough.

Dunedin - New Zealand

Dunedin – New Zealand

Dunedin - New Zealand

Dunedin – New Zealand

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

Oh, that really depends on where you’re from – different things tick different peoples boxes! New Zealand is fab for it’s scenic trails so we’ll start there. Head to Auckland – our largest city and a very popular tourist destination with plenty to do. Rotorua in the central North Island is re-known for is geothermal activity (you’ll get used to the smell, trust me). Hawkes Bay, on the East Coast of the North Island is fabulous for a relaxing foodie experience with plenty of growers and wineries (I used to live there so I guess I’m biased). Nobody wants to miss Queenstown – I don’t believe you’ll get that fabulous highland experience any where else in the world. So you might as well call there via Dunedin – you won’t be disappointed!

Arthurs Pass - New Zealand

Arthurs Pass – New Zealand

Kea  Bird Watching - Arthurs Pass - New Zealand

Kea Bird Watching – Arthurs Pass – New Zealand

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

I believe it’s the architectural heritage of the place that has inspired me to go vintage. Maybe those ornate detailings are why I have fallen in love with lace? I am working on a new, handmade range of babies sheeting which will include lace, but will also be embroidered with items from nature – this is inspired by the countryside that surrounds us and the bush-covered hills I can see from my windows.

West Coast Buller Gorge - New Zeakand

West Coast Buller Gorge – New Zeakand

West Coast Rocky Creek - New Zealand

West Coast Rocky Creek – New Zealand

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 have only just started reaching out in my community to promote my business, and I will be starting with a letterbox leaftlet drop.

Exclusive Design Crochet Doily From TangerineToes

Exclusive Design Crochet Doily From TangerineToes

Tatted Stemware Coasters Set Of 4 From TangerineToes

Tatted Stemware Coasters Set Of 4 From TangerineToes

Vintage Velvet Table Runner Table  From TangerineToes

Vintage Velvet Table Runner Table From TangerineToes

5. What are your social media sites?

You can find me on Wanelo here (my two shops)
wanelo.com/store/tangerinetoes
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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!

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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!