Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2016 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2016 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you to all the Etsy Christmas In July team members who participated this year.

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2016 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the Christmas In July leaders! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Catherine from DesignsByCnC

Debbie from NaturalBodyComfort

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KraftyShop

Lia from Ghirlandiamo

Mary from LilFoxDesigns

Megha from byTheArtBug

Nancy from EponasCrystals

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

Rheta from VintageEves

Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2016!

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday July 6th for the #CIJParty.

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

We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2016 season!

Facebook
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Twitter
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Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 article on the Etsy blog.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

One of the 2016 home decor trends is matte finishes…. I have a few tableware items in my store with matte glazes – and now I will have to look at listing more!!

This green bowl is gorgeous and rustic which is accentuated by the matte glaze.

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Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby says:

We love to give a cozy shabby look to vintage wood items. So happy that the matte finish we have been using for years is a trending home decor item for 2016!

Versatile, and so nostalgically cute, this tray would blend into any decor!

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Marble is our favorite stone for personalization and our favorite thing about marble is that every piece has its own personality. The shade, flow lines, and unique characteristics of each piece make every order a one of a kind. We have a number of marble items in our office gift section including business card holder, coasters, letter opener, nameplate, and a pen holder.

We specialize in personalized gifts and love personalizing marble, wood, glass, crystal, metals, and more! Marble is the best natural stone for engraving and every order comes out beautifully.

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DesignstheLimit

If you are on Pinterest here is the Top Home Decor Trends To Watch In 2016 – Etsy board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Become An Etsy Christmas In July Team Leader – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Are you enjoying the Etsy Christmas In July event? The Christmas In July team is looking for talented and dedicated team members to become leaders!

If you are interested in becoming a social media leader please see the following threads:

Facebook
Instagram
Pinterest
Twitter

If you are interested in becoming a blog leader please see the following thread:

Blog

Thank you for your consideration! It takes an entire year to plan the virtual Christmas In July event.

I sincerely appreciate all the time and energy the Etsy Christmas In July  team leaders devote all year long!

Please take a moment to get to know them now!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Christmas In July Team Leaders

Today each Christmas In July team leader was individually introduced and featured so please get to know them and shop!

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Catherine / DesignsByCnC / Feature

4. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

5. Debbie / NaturalBodyComfort / Feature

6. Karen / KraftyShop / Feature

7. Lia / Ghirlandiamo / Feature

8. MaryLilFoxDesigns / Feature

9. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

10. Nancy / EponasCrystals / Feature

11. Patricia / northandsouthshabby / Feature

12. Rheta / VintageEves / Feature

13. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Etsy Christmas In July Leader – northandsouthshabby

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Christmas In July Leader – Patricia from northandsouthshabby

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

My shop that I proudly share with my daughter is North and South Shabby. Our shop’s uniqueness lies in the fact that we offer a younger and an older perspective of how we incorporate our shabby decor into our shop listings.

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

Love being able to to travel to the many close by restaurants that offer seaside dining outside.

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

Hands down, I would travel to the tiny island of St John, USVI. My daughter lived there for five years and I had the good fortune to be able to visit her quite a few times. Each time I went, I fell in love with the pristine natural beauty more and more.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

I have no specific person , but in general I deeply admire those simple quiet people who, without fanfare, give of themselves to help others in some small way.

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

I would like to relearn how to knit and crochet. My mother was so skilled in both, and I have many sweet reminders of her skills with the many afghans, doilies, and sweaters she has left. I feel guilty that I didn’t continue her nimble fingered legacy!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthandSouthShabby
Twitter: twitter.com/noandsoshabby
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nandsshabby
Instagram: instagram.com/northandsouthshabby/

Etsy Christmas In July Team Leaders – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The Christmas In July team leaders are a talented and dedicated group.

Today each Christmas In July team leader will be individually introduced and featured so please check in throughout the day to get to know them and shop!

Michelle / EviesToolEmporium
Etsy Christmas in July Team Captain

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

1. Alicia / AliciasFindings / Feature

2. Barbara / MermaidsHatbox / Feature

3. Catherine / DesignsByCnC / Feature

4. Dawn / DeeDeeDeesigns / Feature

5. Debbie / NaturalBodyComfort / Feature

6. Karen / KraftyShop / Feature

7. Lia / Ghirlandiamo / Feature

8. MaryLilFoxDesigns / Feature

9. Megha / byTheArtBug / Feature

10. Nancy / EponasCrystals / Feature

11. Patricia / northandsouthshabby / Feature

12. Rheta / VintageEves / Feature

13. Sheila / BeadyEyedBird / Feature

Thank you for supporting the Christmas In July team leaders!

Gardening

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

I imagine some of us love to get our hands dirty with our gardens.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know all about what type of gardens you have,how long you have been gardening and anything else you wish to tell us that is related to the theme.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says we have a large vegetable garden where we grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers & a variety of melons. Gardening books are absolutely invaluable to us, which is why we keep on hand many different types. We also have many flower and garden inspired items.

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Round Vera Neumann Floral Tablecloth

Dawn Whitehand  from DeeDeeDeesigns said I am lucky enough to live on ten acres in rural Australia and we have a huge vegetable and fruit garden.

Spring/ Summer is our biggest harvest, and this year was particularly successful. I have spent the last month preserving, pickling and fermenting the rewards! This has however taken away time from managing my Etsy shop – but it has to be done while the produce is fresh!

After a big day in the kitchen I reward myself with wine!! But during the day I take the occasional coffee break and sit on the veranda and enjoy looking at the garden.

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Ceramic mug and coaster set

Melissa R from missy69 states I love gardening! I wouldn’t say I am great at it, but I am always learning. I home school my children, and one of the best ways to teach them Science is to try to grow something. My daughter and I currently have a 3 Sisters Garden, that is corn, squash and beans. This is from a History lesson on the Pilgrims and Native Americans. So far so good, lol. We live in sunny Florida, so usually by March we can start the veggie garden. I have peppers every year, and tomatoes. But, this year we tried something new. Plus the all the flowering plants, to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. BTW another great Science activity is to plant host plants for butterflies. They will lay their eggs on the host plant, and then you can watch the whole metamorphosis process. Very cool! I love to paint all the beautiful things in this world, and one of them is below. An absolute favorite, the ruby-throated hummingbird.

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Ruby throated hummingbird acrylic art painting

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says gardening is balm for my soul. I love it. When we moved in our home on a corner lot there was only lawn in front of the house. Using the sheet mulching technique I converted it to a garden that now, four years later, has become a real paradise for birds, butterflies and other critters. Unfortunately the deer like it, too, and treat it as their personal salad buffet. However, that doesn’t stop me to constantly work on it, weeding, cutting back, making space for new plants. I love every season in it. At the moment I’m working on my backyard to turn it into a similar sanctuary.

As a photographer I love to take pictures of the flowers – if there’s a little bug on the plants, even better!

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Ladybug in Lavender Photo Greeting Card

Jenya from Veddma discusses this week I take the first steps to start the garden, and it’s exciting as ever, since we have a new space to shape. I have met with Gavin from Edible Landscaping Ottawa to help us figure out what is feasible to do in our space, with considerations of sustainability, cost, and aesthetics, using permaculture principles wherever possible to maximize the food-growing potential. I’ve been experimenting with various garden designs, including vertical towers and spirals over the years. Quite a bit of it is documented on my blog, here is the latest post:

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Spring flower fine art photography gift card set

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby states I moved into a newly built home 6 years ago. Unfortunately, the builder had stripped all the vegetation and left a pretty blank slate. I have pushed, planted and prodded little spots to come to life. Every year gets better and a little bigger. An addition of a rain barrel has helped my flowers thrive. One storm can fill the 55 gallon barrel to capacity. My trusty watering can is my constant gardening tool, bringing the sweet rainwater to thirsty flowers.

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Vintage large round floral Toleware tray

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle discusses I always loved gardening from a very young age; I even had my own patch of ground at my granddad’s allotment. Although I realize now how little I actually did!

I used to be a full-time gardener in a local stately home before we had our eldest son but couldn’t return to the profession afterwards thanks to childcare restraints. I’ve settled for making my own garden, which is finally starting to look lovely after a lot of hard work. Hoping for a lot of veggies and flowers this year.

Lots of my pieces are inspired by the colours and forms of nature. The brooch featured here is an attempt to recreate the beautiful full blooms of the peony plants which are just budding up in my garden at the moment.

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Hand knitted flower brooch

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler states gardening is a challenge here in the desert southwest but very rewarding. My lavender loves the dry sunny climate. My other favorite flowers are Yellow Bells, which are tubular flowers that grow on tall vines. We are also on the path for Monarch butterflies. To encourage them we grow desert milkweed, a very plain plant but one that butterflies love. I combined my love for butterflies and flowers in these dangle earrings. But these are Swarovski butterflies — also beautiful.

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Flower and Butterfly Swarovski crystal dangle earrings

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says spring brings wildflower season in Texas. I love to garden and sell wildflower seeds to share the love of gardening with my clients and customers. Only during the spring/summer I sell my seeds to share the color of wildflowers across the USA.

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Nasturtium flower seeds,edible flowers

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discusses that I have loved being in the garden and helping my dad garden from a young age. However once I moved out of home I have not had my own garden. I do have a courtyard where I love to keep plants in pots and attempt to grow herbs and vegetables. Unfortunately the possums get to the herbs, veggie leaves and strawberries before we do!
I have included this set of envelopes which feature flowers and butterflies and remind me of spring and being in the garden.

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6 flower and butterfly envelopes set

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says Bryan and I both really like to grow things. Sometimes we have success, others not so much. I always get way to ambitious in the wonderful Spring weather, then when the heat of Summer hits….  I always have good luck with Okra, Zinnias, and Marigolds. This key chain was inspired by the pretty flowers of Spring and Summer.

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May Flowers Reclaimed Wood Key chain

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique states my garden is a constant work in progress. We have lived here for 6 years, and each year we work on one piece and making it our own. In the past we have taken down bushes, rearranged bulbs, and started a herb garden. This year we are excited to start growing strawberries and tomatoes! Next year we will be tearing up our existing deck and building a brand new one, so that we can better enjoy our outdoor living space.

I absolutely love being outside and being a part of nature. This tutu dress is the epitome of what I love about being outside.

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Green Fairy Tutu Costume

Conclusion – #CIJSocialMediaMonth

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Thank you for joining the Christmas In July Social Media Month! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we celebrated the month of May with a virtual #CIJSocialMediaMonth event right here on our blog!

#CIJSocialMediaMonth

#CIJSocialMediaMonth

The month of May we focused on the four social media platforms that the #EtsyCIJ team is active on –Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. As I mentioned the team is international and we were able 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 shared their unique perspectives!

Facebook Leaders:
Patricia – USA  – www.etsy.com/people/away120
Lia – Italy – www.etsy.com/people/ghirlandiamo
Debbie – USA – www.etsy.com/people/License2Craft

Facebook Article

Facebook Article

Instagram Leaders:
Dawn – Australia – www.etsy.com/people/DawnWhitehand
Alicia – USA – www.etsy.com/people/aliciabell1

Instagram Article

Instagram Article

Pinterest Leaders:
Nancy – USA –  www.etsy.com/people/eponascrystals
Barbara – Germany – www.etsy.com/people/minimixi

Pinterest Article

Pinterest Article

Twitter Leaders:
Karen – USA – www.etsy.com/people/Christspassion
Rheta – USA – www.etsy.com/people/reparziale
Mary – USA – www.etsy.com/people/lilfoxdesign

Twitter Article

Twitter Article