Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2017 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2017! Please see the opportunities below!

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Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

#EtsyCIJ Facebook Event Page

CIJ Team Instagram

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2017 where you can get involved. Here are 3 of the upcoming events!

#CIJLovesJuly – 10 Day Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you! The team leaders will be looking for your photos on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to share!

#CIJLovesJuly

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

The blog leaders and guest contributors will be writing special Christmas Inspired blog articles for the #CIJParty! Please see the following threads to have an item and the story featured on July 5th!

Alicia: Christmas Wish List – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Alicia: Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Music – #CIJParty 2017

Alicia: Photo Booth – #CIJParty 2017

Dawn: The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Chance To Be Featured During the #CIJParty

Judith: Christmas Decor – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Sheila: Holiday Jewelry – Chance To Be Featured During The #CIJParty

Once again we will serve Food and Drink at our #CIJParty:

Food And Drink

We will also enjoy Music to our #CIJParty:

Music

And new this year to our #CIJParty is a Photo Booth:

Photo  Booth

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired Articles that will be featured on Wednesday July 5th? Here’s The Twelve Days Of Christmas from Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns! A big thank you to Dawn!

Nine Ladies Dancing From DeeDeeSupplies

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

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

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

This year we will host #CIJPopUpMarkets on 4 days!

Tuesday July 4th

Thursday July 6th

Friday July 7th

Saturday July 8th

There are still a few tents available for Saturday July 8th!

#CIJPopUpMarket #4

Minimalist Style

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

Leonardo da Vinci said:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

I define minimalist as a style that uses pared-down design elements. The artist strips everything down to its essential quality, to achieve simplicity.

We asked our CIJ Friends what they love and/or offer in the minimalist style; here’s what they sent in.

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

Finding a heart beach glass piece is rare.

So even though this beautiful brown piece is small, about dime sized,I decided to make a pendant from it

With as little wire as possible, I wrapped the piece so that the heart is the highlight.

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Richard Darani from RichardDarani said:

These came from an idea I had to turn shapes into an illustration and was watching Robots with my kids at the time.

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Shilly Shally Jewelry from ShillyShallyjewelry said:

This simple chain necklace has a beautiful Tanzanite stone surrounded by a gold filled disc. This necklace looks great alone or paired with other chains!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

When I begin to knit this purse it is very simple, just a plain minimal little purse with very little character. As I continue to build upon it with its flower and beading it grows into a sophisticated clutch handbag that is one-of-a-kind. People who have these purses always share their compliments with me that they receive.

Imagine – a red handbag with little pansies – how fun could that be! And yes, it has be made and sold. “Simplicity is the ultimate of the form of sophistication.”

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Maryann from gojjell said:

Simplicity and beauty speak for themselves. This choker features a trio of beautiful beads….vintage German lucite and champagne tubes. Beauty that stands the test of time and can be worn effortlessly!

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said:

Many of the items in my shop are simple or minimalist, as that is my own favourite style. I have chosen to showcase this Harris tweed tea cosy.

Far from the bright colours and bold tartans of some tweeds, this cosy is made from two almost-plain weaves. A cosy made from just one of them might even look dull. By joining them with a straight horizontal line, together they bring out the best of both pieces.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

Simple message for a positive idea: help kids celebrate who they are – give them goals and help them achieve success, but let them know they don’t have to change who they are to get there.

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Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

I chose this vintage piece for it’s simple lines and understated character, discovering later that it is an early 20th century cemetery / funeral vase.

A nice way to remember …

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Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says:

While I enjoy a lot of fancy, ornate, and unique items with pretty colors mostly, sometimes something simple with nice lines, unique simple shape, or something useful that will match or go with anything will touch my soul…..

This bracelet is pretty, simple, dainty, and yet it will go with most anything and white Pearls and black Onyx have a classic, timeless, and elegant appeal!

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I hope you enjoyed these wonderful treasures and stories as I did!

Until next time,

Sheila

Staying Organized With Planners

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

The definition of “organized” can often be defined as having one’s affairs in order so as to deal with them efficiently.

As our lives have become increasingly active and more demands are constantly being placed upon us, the use of planners has gained popularity.  In addition to our own work schedules and project deadlines to keep track of, we must also keep track of the activities of our children and spouses.

Styles of planners and systems for staying organized can be as individual and unique as we are.  I asked the members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their suggestions for keeping our schedules and activities organized and to feature an organizer or accessory item from their shop that will help us with this endeavor.

From Sherri at ButterflyFeetDigital:

I think printable planners are a good option for staying organized affordably. Some people are satisfied to just make lists, but I find the calendar/planners to be so helpful in keeping track of more than just what I need to do. They are also helpful for things I’ve already done – such as which day I scrubbed the shower so I know when it really needs to be done again! Very simple, but helpful. And of course appointments, whether for a fun lunch with a friend, or a doctor’s appointment.

I started making my own printable calendars and planners before I had even heard of Etsy a few years back when I worked as an administrative assistant. I didn’t start with calendars right away in my shop, but it did eventually occur to me to make them to sell. I enjoy computers, so it’s a natural fit for me.

This chevron design has remained one of the more popular items in my shop, whether in just the monthly calendar, or a full size planner or half-size planner. Pictured here is the letter size, full set planner which includes the 12 page monthly calendar, the weekly planner page, the daily planner page, and the yearly view page. Print all or any that you choose.

 

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2017 Printable Planner Calendar Chevron Style

 

From Megha Silvano at byTheArtBug:

Printable meal planners are a great way to plan your meals for the week or for the month, you can list your groceries under categories and keep a track of the inventory. They not only keep you organized but will also help you save money and reduce wastage. To save paper you can either frame it or laminate it and simply use a dry erase marker and reuse!

Recipe Cards are also a perfect way to organize and store your favourite recipes! With the card dividers you can easily organise your recipes by categories this makes it so easy to find and use.

This Meal Planner from my shop includes:
1. One Printable Spring Theme Weekly Meal Planner Sheet
2. One Printable Spring Theme Monthly Meal Planner Sheet
3. Recipe Card
4. Recipe Divider
5. Refrigerator Inventory List
6. Pantry Inventory List
7. Kitchen Themed Stickers

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Menu Planner Kit

What Makes You Want To Make Supplies And Printables – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Supply shops help provide us handmade shops with the items we need to create.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know what got you interested in making supplies and printables?

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says SLS sells printables along with prints, photography and cards. I decided to offer printables for a number of reasons.

Having printables increases the number of listings and adds more exposure for my shop. I am able to reach a wider audience.

Printables offer a more affordable alternative for owning art and I keep that in mind when deciding what to sell as a printable. Our instant download art is directed toward a younger buyer: typography, dorm decor or teen room decor or that first apartment. Other printables are more about function: Open/closed signs, and Do Not Disturb signs.
Many of these signs are also offered in print as well.

Our family moves frequently, and I knew that I could at least keep selling printables even while we were moving households.

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Teacher appreciation Printable

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said my hobby of making my own greeting cards grew as I began to learn how to create digital art. I’ve been at it a few years now and still keep learning new things, and still enjoy the craft, so that’s how I’m still here. I enjoy knowing that someone is using my printable papers to create their own scrapbook pages or elements, or greeting cards, because I enjoy paper crafting myself. So many pretty color combinations and designs to try, so little time!

This is one of my newest creations, and I love the colors! I think I may use it for upcoming cards for my own granddaughters.

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Lavender Mint Digital Paper Pack,Scrapbooking,Card Making

What Makes A House A Home – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There is so much that makes a house a home…the people, the ambiance and most especially the decor. One piece can change the whole flavor of a room.

Here at Christmas in July we want to see your home decor items and a little bit about them.

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says when i think of house decor, I think or pictures or ornaments. These birds are a little different. I made these felt birds which originally I had as house decor at Christmas. But they could be used to decorate the house any time just by hanging them on a door handle or a hook!

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Felt bird decorations

Angara Seeds from AngsanaSeedsPhoto said when I think of home decor, I think of the decorative throw pillows that complement the rooms.

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Floral throw pillow

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that personalization turn a house into Your Home! We love to personalize everything and believe every home has to have a monogrammed cutting board. We offer different design options for newlyweds and families and custom orders are accepted! Make every gift you give a personal experience and Just Say No Giftcards! @Designsthelimit we offer glassware, coasters, cutting boards, picture frames, and a number of other items perfect for any recipient or gift giving occasion.

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Personalized Famly Monogram Bamboo Cutting Board

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says for students heading off to college or young adults starting out in their first apartments, making a dorm, studio or apartment into a home can be challenging. Along with our higher priced fine art photography, we offer prints and printables that are fun and interesting, but won’t break the bank.

Our ‘Enter at your own Bliss” printable sets a welcoming tone for any home.

The photograph for this typographical art was taken while visiting the gorgeously medieval Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz), nestled in the hills above the Moselle River in Germany.

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Printable Welcome sign

Ingrida from LivePastVintage states that neutral minimalist kitchen set will make cozy each home… Linen is highly valued fabric all over the world! Vintage set in great condition – the best choice for price and value!

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Vintage Swedish Fruit print potholder and doily set

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says I think each home has a particular accent, which expresses the woman’s personality living there: furniture, colors, accessories and decor, all that talks about her.

For this reason almost all my crafts are one of a kind, they are unique as each woman is.
For example, this decor, that can be used either as wreath and as centerpiece, talks about a simple woman, loving open air, nature and tiny meadow flowers. Doesn’t it?

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Daisy flowering spring wreath

Julie Siomacco from SouthernCharmWreaths states lanterns have become very popular in home decor over the past couple of years. You can use lanterns in your staging on places like fireplace mantles, kitchen counters, tables, pianos, etc. Not only can you put candles inside the lantern but try filling them with other things such as pine cones, bird’s nest, small plants, Easter eggs, etc. There are so many styles of lanterns to choose from these days and finding one to fit your decor shouldn’t be a problem. To add seasonal flair to your lantern, try attaching a lantern swag (flower arrangement made for lanterns). This adds a special touch to your home decor throughout the season or holiday.

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Spring Lantern Swag

Silvia Webel from Givemeyourphoto discussed when I think of home, I think of photos! What is a home without your memories? In “givemeyourphoto” I design personalized photo books from your travels and adventures, that will make your home really cozy!

Check them out here! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @givemeyourphoto_ for the latest previews and sneak peeks!

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Travel Photo Book 8×8 Hard Cover

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns states that I believe a large part of making a house a home is the sharing and caring of the family members, and one of the best ways to encourage this is through food. And unique, handmade vessels can make the family meal even more special.

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Ceramic Salad or Fruit Bowl

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says you really do not want to lose your keys! This key rack was made from re-purposed oak that came from a chair past it’s prime.

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Wooden cloud key rack

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique says I think the most important part of a home is a first impression. I switch out the wreath on my front door with each season. I want my home to be welcoming to others. I love having people over and entertaining. What better way to impress them when they first walk in the door!

Made to Order Wreath- Rag Wreath

Made to Order Wreath – Rag Wreath

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks discusses that there are many historic Art Deco buildings in my home town of Katoomba, Australia. When I get off at the train station and walk up the ramp to step out onto the street, I always feel strongly “ahhh it’s so good to be home”. I’ve only been living here for 2 years, but we used to visit a lot when I was a child.

This drawing is very much influenced by both the feeling and aesthetic of Art Deco. I think buildings with these features feel more homely because they speak of endurance and have built up an energy as people have used them over time.

In this colder climate, one can just be grateful for having a roof over your head and a fire in the corner. The light shining through the stained glass windows is a bonus!

Hand drawn Original Ink Drawing

Hand drawn Original Ink Drawing

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said there are many things that make a house a home, and the most important ones you can’t buy – it’s the people who live here. However, we can set up a certain atmosphere. That for me is often expressed in the wall decoration – which color is your wall, is there wall paper, wood? What hangs on the wall? I personally love to hang photographs that speak to me. That can be an old barn, a beautiful sunset, a dramatic landscape, an animal.

This 8 x 10 photo print of a sunset on the Oregon Coast is a favorite of mine. It holds a special moment and atmosphere. It can set the mood of a room. I see this in a masters bedroom or a quiet corner in a family room. A meditation room if you are lucky to have one. I even see it in a cozy breakfast nook.

Sunset Photograph, Cow Parsnip Before Setting Sun, Sunset at the Coast, Nature Fine Art Photography, 8 x 10

Sunset Photograph, Cow Parsnip Before Setting Sun, Sunset at the Coast, Nature Fine Art Photography, 8 x 10

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns said I have had these candles in my home for years. Literally. Yes, they still light. There are all colors here, sizes and beeswax too. I used to love eat dinner by candlelight with or without company. Maybe others can enjoy them the way I once did and still do!

Lot of 60 unused candles

Lot of 60 unused candles

Sue from MissIvyVintage says I think a house becomes a home when family and friends gather around the dining table, relaxed and having lots of fun! I have so many memories of these times! I imagine these gracing such a festive occasion and making memories.

Vintage 70s Set of 8 Handmade Felt Napkin Rings

Vintage 70s Set of 8 Handmade Felt Napkin Rings

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discusses that having vintage “treasures” around my home makes me happy!

Even if they are chipped or worn, they tell a story and remind me of days past or beloved relatives who once owned them.

This sweet teapot looks cute, even when not in use!

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Cottage Teapot Vintage Pottery 40s 50s English Tudor Decor Gift Serveware

Etsy Christmas In July 2016 – Begins 1 Week From Today

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Etsy Christmas In July 2016 begins 1 week from today! This year our event will be held July 1st – July 10th!

The leaders have been busy working behind the scenes coming up with creative, innovative ideas to get everyone involved in the event.

To participate please join the Christmas In July team! Once you have joined there are many ways for you to be featured on our blog during #EtsyCIJ 2016! Please see the opportunities below!

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Celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2016 by joining us on social media!

CIJ Team Facebook

#EtsyCIJ Facebook Event Page

CIJ Team Instagram

CIJ Team Pinterest

CIJ Team Twitter

We have several events planned during #EtsyCIJ 2016 where you can get involved. Here are 2 of the upcoming events!

#CIJPopUpMarket 2016

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

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we have added a third day to this event!

For more information regarding the #CIJPopUpMarket #3 please see this thread:

#CIJPopUpMarket #3

#CIJParty 2016

On July 6th we will host the #CIJParty 2016 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2015? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2015

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2016 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a tutorial, guest blog article or printable:

#CIJParty 2016: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2016: Submit A Guest Blog Article

#CIJParty 2016: Submit A Printable

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired tutorials? Here’s one from Megha of byTheArtBugA big thank you to Megha!image12 (6) (1)

We are adding Food and Drink to our #CIJParty this year:

Food And Drink

We are adding Music to our #CIJParty this year:

Music

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities!

We have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Christmas In July 2016!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!