Photographers – Favorite Image

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Photography is a beautiful art and it captures so much…nature, still life, advertising, landscape and more…

We here at CIJ want to know a little about your favorite image. Tell us what made you take it, what it means to you, etc.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says so many favorite photos! Many of them have deep personal meaning but this photograph seems to be a worldwide favorite. In Carennac, France, the Priory’s Stone columns caste in shadows create a frame for the crumbling stone streets and buildings in the background. So many layers of doors and windows, so many stories to tell. I look at this photo and I long to explore. It is neutral enough, though, to fit nicely on any office, home or apartment wall.


French Landscape Photography

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this was the first photograph my daughter and I found for our shop. It is a studio portrait taken in Detroit. Someone wrote the children’s names on the back, so we were able to do some research and learn more about them.

They are siblings Florence and Elmer Neeb, Their parents were German immigrants. The photo was taken in the early 1900s.

This type of photo is called a cabinet card. They were usually purchased to send to distant relatives, as they were sturdier and could survive the trip.


1900’s Detroit German siblings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we love to travel and spend countless hours studying photographs and reading about the vacation destinations around the world to create the perfect frame designs for our fellow travelers and customers around the world. We specialize in creating custom designed framing for our clients and love to assist our customers in displaying the moments they will cherish forever in style.

Choose from our selection of designs, submit your own images, or commission an inspired design for any destination or occasion. Send us an image of the picture you wish to frame and we can create a frame design to compliment your best photography.

At Design’s the Limit, we serve individuals and industry professionals including photographers, travel agents, real-estate agents, and wedding planners! Whether you a shopping for a gift for someone else or framing your picture perfect moments for eternity, we can design for any ideas you have in mind.


Designs “Vine Appetite” Personalized Vacation Picture Frame


#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – StockLaneStudio

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – StockLaneStudio from StockLaneStudio



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

Stock Lane Studio gives shoppers a chance to travel the world through our photography, prints and cards. We are a mother-daughter team of three and we have traveled the world together. With different ages, tastes and talents, we can offer three different perspectives and styles. All three of us have a need to share our stories in one way or another. This includes our travel photography, but we also other artistic, quirky and poetic sides that show up in our funny, insightful and romantic cards and prints.

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

Our home is now in Upstate New York and I am really enjoying getting to know my new home state. July is a hot month in New York, so my favorite activity involves getting away from the heat, canoeing on a lake or sneaking away to a quiet cool spot in the woods or along the Atlantic.

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

If I could travel anywhere I would go to Oregon. I was raised in Oregon and the beautiful state has defined me. I miss the natural beauty and I miss my family. I would spend long weekends camping and hiking and canoeing with close friends and family. We would swim from shore to shore in pristine lakes that are so precious their names and whereabouts must be kept secret. We would stop off in the Columbia River Gorge and buy fresh salmon just caught minutes ago from local Native fishermen selling along the side of the road. We would look for our names etched in the bricks of Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square and then have a hard time choosing which food cart to pick for lunch. There are too many wonderful things do to in Oregon to name here – these are just a few.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

There is no one person I admire. I have several people I look up to, and most are not famous. I admire my husband for how he’s made his way through a tough life and ended up on the bright side. I admire my daughters being compassionate and for knowing things and having abilities that I don’t. I admire my recently deceased mother for the love and happiness she was able to give others despite the challenges she was facing in her own life. She is also my entrepreneurial role model – able to run two thriving small businesses while raising a large family as a single mother.

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

My mother tried her darnedest to teach me to sew, and my father sewed his own sails for his sailboat. I do remember a nice (uneven) summer dress that I sewed in 7th grade, but I just didn’t have the patience to sew as a child. Now that I’m (much) older and more patient, I would like to welcome a sewing machine into my life again. I have so many ideas to express in fabric. Most importantly, I have bins of t-shirts and sentimental blankets and other fabric remnants that I’d like to sew into memory quilts for my children.

6. What are your social media sites?

Find Stock lane Studio on
Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook @stocklanestudio

We’re also on
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#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – ColourscapeStudios

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 Shop – Kelly from  ColourscapeStudios



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

My shop’s name is Colourscape Studios, it is full of colour, and that’s not something you see a lot of in print shops on here anymore!

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

July is the middle of Winter for me here in Brisbane, Australia. We are sub-tropical in climate so my family is able to get out and explore new places, which is a lot of fun with a young daughter who is experiencing things for the first time!

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

I’d love to visit Czech Republic as it’s where my family’s heritage is from. Plus the photography I’ve seen from there is amazing and I’d love to go capture some of it myself!

4. Who do you most admire in life?

I admire those who support others in whatever they want to do. I think the strongest people are the ones who back each other up for no reason apart from seeing their friends, family and even acquaintances happy.

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

I’d love to learn how to crochet, it looks like it’s something I could get quite comfortable doing while sitting down watching tv.

6. What are your social media sites?


Surviving Cabin Fever

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

Crafting and developing new skills is a great way to survive the winter doldrums.

Here at the Christmas in July team, we thought there couldn’t be a better way to beat the winter blues than to share our respective ‘survival tips’ with each other. Here’s what some of our team members have done and created while ‘trapped’ inside.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is my new listing – and an example of what I LOVE about January. We have snow on top of snow, but I enjoy being inside and doing some creative doodling! I guess my only tip is that winter will last til it’s over, might as well do something you enjoy.

Texture Digital Paper, Printable Scrapbooking, 12 designs, I… ButterflyFeetDigital $2.25 USD

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When it’s cold and gray outside I love to cozy up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. Reading takes me in a different world. One book in particular, Eowyn Ivey’s “The Snow Child”, fascinated me very much. It takes place in the cold winters in Alaska and inspired me to create this painting that also has the title “Snow Child”. I really loved how my way to “survive” the winter blues took me to creating something new.

Snow Child Mixed Media Painting, Original Artwork on 8 x 8 W…
$70.00 USD

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE say:
Snuggling up with a cup of tea, a quilt and a good book is a wonderful way to beat the blues!

BIG SALE Baby quilt, pink and white, appliqued with hearts
$30.00 USD

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:
Knowing we’re into January and and Easter are right around the corner, I thought since there’s cold temps and lots of snow I’d stay inside and start work on Easter items.

Bunny Hand Towel, Easter Towel, Easter Decor, Easter Bunny …
$8.00 USD

This winter is not too bad yet, but it’s far from over. Last year, though was a completely different story. Here is a photo of New England Blitz 2015.

So I over prepared for this winter season. Our Christmas stockings were full of warm fuzzy socks and presents under the tree included adult coloring books and needle point. We still have our ‘game table’ set up so we don’t have to move the Monopoly Game or puzzle around.

New Hampshire Winter Photography, New England snow travel ph…
$7.00 USD

When it’s cold, gloomy, windy and the power has gone out, with all the snow and ice stacked up, pick up a pack of playing cards and learn how to play a new (old) game such as Canasta! A fun and entertaining way to spend the day with the family!

Vintage Canasta Playing Cards by Congress – Pheasants Quails…
$19.99 USD

It is summer at the moment for me, so I tried to think back to what I made during the last winter. These pinwheels came to mind. I made them with bright coloured paper ready for spring and parties!

Bright paper pinwheels, colourful, party decor, card making,…
$9.22 USD

Wendy WN from WoodNotions says:
During the winter, after the holidays have passed, I spend my time designing. I have a list of requests/ideas that I create during the holidays. Since designing cards and ornaments is my passion, I look forward to these quiet times to relax and lose myself in the process.

I’ve just completed my first 2016 design project that I did for a pair of dog parents. I thought this one was particularly satisfying, during these winter months, because the dogs name was “Sunshine”, AKA “LMS” (Little Miss Sunshine). They sent me photos of their cute, cheerful and rambunctious, miniature Australian shepherd. It’s so nice to capture a happy face, that makes you smile every time you work on it. I made a large wood-cut for them to frame and display year round, and a smaller ornament, that they were happy to allow me to add to my shop offerings.

My survival tips for the winter doldrums: Dress warm and get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Start making plans for small and large projects, and figure out how to tackle those challenges of this past holiday season.

Dog ornament wood-cut dog decoration miniature Australian sh…
$6.00 USD

Ina from InaSudjana says:

It’s summer here down under;  but when the cold hits hard I reckon nothing that a cuppa cannot heal. Here are my felt coasters all designed by me on one cold winter morning while thinking about summer (hence the bright happy colours) and looking forward to placing my cuppa on them.

Cactus – Pure wool felt Coasters (set of 2), tableware, thic…
$14.19 USD

Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts says:
With a Bath & Body Gift Shop, I can always keep winter boredom at bay, because there is always soap to pour, bath salts to mix and lotion to make. And my house always smells like heaven! Winter is the perfect time to work on new recipes and combinations of ingredients for new product lines too! But what I really like to do is stock up my crochet items! Netflix, herbal tea and miles and miles of crochet cotton and I’m a happy girl. Let it snow!

Bright Mod Blue Soap Sack, Crochet Soap Pouch, Soap Saver, M…
$6.00 USD

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says: 
After a relatively mild winter, it recently turned very cold in London and it’s freezing outside!

So this weekend that just passed I stayed in nice and warm and kept myself occupied within the same walls all day by knitting up this scarf.

I originally made this with orange pom poms for a friend at Christmas; it went down so well with her nursing colleagues who were working with her on Christmas Day that I thought I’d make another one, and last weekend was the perfect opportunity!

Navy Blue Merino Scarf. Navy Blue Chunky Knit Scarf. Navy …
$36.73 USD

Debbie Gilbert from License2Craft says:

Only in Florida now for 2 years, my memories are still sharp as to life back in my home state of Maine with those long, cold winter months. Memories of harsh winters, days where it got dark so early, and “skating” on icy roads with the car! The worst winter I remember was when the “Great Ice Storm of 1998” hit Maine. It caused massive damage to our trees and electrical infrastructure all over the area, leading to widespread long-term power outages. Personally, the road that I lived on was without road access and power for 3 weeks! We stayed with our neighbor, passing the days playing games and telling stories in their home, as they had wood heat.

Just thinking of the hours of being in the cold and hours of shoveling snow makes be shiver! Nothing like curling up on the couch after, grabbing a hot pack and settling in for some snuggle time or a great book…

Heat therapy rice bag, Microwave heating pad, Rice bag, Heat…
$17.95 USD

And that’s how we do it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!


Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Make Your Dreams Come True Day gives you the opportunity to do something to realize your goals and dreams. Whatever your dreams are, they usually don’t come true without some effort on your part. So, today is the perfect opportunity to do something about it.

Here at Christmas in July team we wanted to know what your dreams are,especially in relation to your business.

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple says:

I love to have my cushions in living rooms, cars/vans, restaurants, cafe shops, resorts, man caves, business, of all descriptions all over the world, custom-made for peoples desires and tastes.

Blue parrot Decorative pillow


Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states:

My business dream come true is really to be so busy selling on Etsy that I can’t handle it. My short-term goal, I guess that would be a cat nap dream, is to sell one item a day. . . or more, of course! I hope to accomplish that by reaching my target market and revealing more of my personality and creativity so that I stand out from other artists. I think this printable reflects that: if you want to reach your goals you have to work at it – be active, celebrate life and be yourself – that always works best for me.

Positive digital art


Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed:

My husband and I love to travel. It is harder to go overseas now with two young boys. We live in Australia in a spot where it never snows. It would be wonderful one day to go to the other side of the world and have a white Christmas! This card set is just that! Oh and I would love to build a snowman one day too.

Winter Christmas card set with envelopes


Maha from MadeOnKailash stated:

My dream is to have long travel in South Asia. I admire India and already have been there for several times, that’s why my shop is named after great mountain Kailash. But my dream is to go there for a long time and also visit some neighbouring countries. And I always can take my micro macrame art with me and convert my impressions in new creations! Maybe one day I’ll have something which will be really made on Kailash in my shop!

Macrame Brooch with Natural Gemstones


Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I have been to Japan once for a two-week holiday and loved it. I have been to Japan once for a two holiday and loved it.  This wine/port/sake bottle is inspired by Japanese design…

Ceramic Decanter


Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo says:

My Etsy dream would be to sell more than the 31 items I sold last year. It’s really nice to see people wearing and enjoying the knits I’ve made and I’d love more of that feeling!

Chunky black ribbed beanie hat


Gwen Jones from GwensHomemadeGifts said:

My dream for my Etsy shop is to build it up so that I’m actually making money (instead of spending more than I make) by the time I retire from my grown up job. Then I can retire, and step into my shop full-time and already be making some income. I love making gifts. I’m so tickled when people ask me to send a gift set directly to their recipient. I even include a handmade, and handwritten card for them free of charge!

Bath and Body Gift Set


Patricia  from TheOldBarnDoor discussed:

Dreams often begin with a wish but only become reality when we take steps to work on them. That said, there is something magical about casting your dream into the wind and waiting for it to come back to you. When was the last time you made a wish with one of these?

Metallic Print Fluffy White Seed Head


Laura from ChickenJungle said:

My 5-year goal for my shop is to sell enough to get my own place again… a tiny house, a big fenced yard for my dog, and a chicken yard.. But it has to be somewhere close to town with public transit….yeah I know that is going to be hard to find but I’m very frugal so I don’t need much.

A wider goal for my shop is to increase public appreciation of chickens. They’re wonderful animals, and deserve to be treated that way!

Blue Valentine Chicken doll

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – TheOldBarnDoor

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor



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

The shop name TheOldBarnDoor came about as I gazed out my office window across my back dooryard to the barn – the doors were open and the wind was picking up. I should go out and close those barn door I thought – PRESTO shop name.

My shop is full of my passions, vintage postcards, ephemera and photography. I try to educate, entertain and delight.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

My life on the farm most certainly influences my outlook on life and my Etsy business. The farm is located in a wonderful portion of Eastern Ontario that is steeped in history, still deeply agricultural and now expanding with the arrival of vineyards and wineries.

3 What is it about having your own business that you love?

I get to share the things I love with others by helping them discover the history and art of old ephemera. Living in a rural setting I’m not as connected face to face with people as I used to be. My Etsy shop has introduced me to some wonderful clients all around the world who I now consider my friends.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Seeing returning customers. This is always such a wonderful endorsement of what you sell and how you conduct your business.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I want to continue to grow my returning customer base and then I do hope to reactivate my second shop as a logical link to TheOldBarnDoor. (More vintage finds and treasures that are not ephemera and some handcrafted pieces using vintage components).

6. What are your social media sites?




#CIJPopUpMarket – AlphabetArtPrints

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual PopUpMarket – Amanda from AlphabetArtPrints



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

AlphabetArt Prints (by Amanda Jaeger Photography)

I’ve seen many other photographers open up little shops with their alphabet art based on architecture and nature, but I wanted to do something that was a little different and slightly off beat. I started by photographing items in my own home to create alphabets as a side project. I haven’t seen any other photographer offer several themed alphabets in this manner to create custom prints for the home.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

Richmond, VA. Richmond is such a wonder melting pot of a city where I get to meet people who have come from all corners of the world. I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed learning about other people’s passions in their lives, and then brainstorming how to translate others’ passions into an alphabet art I can use.

3. What is it about having your own business that you love?

I love being able to choose when and how I work. I love being able to stay at home with both of my girls, and teaching them that hard work pays off. I hope to one day be successful at turning my photography business and Etsy shop into full-time work so that I can help contribute to our bills more than what I’m able to now.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

So far, my biggest business achievement was earning more money than I spent in the FIRST year of opening my business! I was able to get my name out in the Richmond, VA area, and I photographed more families than I had planned. Now, I’m in year two, and I hope that my Etsy shop will aid in growing my photography business.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I would love for my Etsy shop to be as successful (or more successful) as my home photography business. I would love to develop a multitude of alphabet arts to cater to many hobbies and passions my clients and customers enjoy. I want anyone who visits my shop to be able to find an alphabet theme that suits their style.

6. What are your social media sites?