Memories from our #LocalMarketSeries

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We spent the month of April at Local Market Series! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #LocalMarketSeries right here on our CIJ blog!

The Local Market Series opened April 1st and ends April 29th!  We saw a few styles of Market spaces!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! Our team members have amazing Market spaces!

Each artist shared with us their Market space,as well as a little about themselves. Please join me as we close our Local Market Series! Watch for new opportunities to come!

Here are the featured Markets:



RosesWorkshop/Roses Workshop

Please use #LocalMarketSeries on social media as you visit our virtual Market Series!

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


#LocalMarketSeries – SummerStarsMasonJars

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

#LocalMarketSeries – Jessica from SummerStarsMasonJars


1. What show are you participating in? Tell us a little about it.

I am participating in MAKE. It’s going to be a small store in downtown Leominster, MA that will have all hand-made items from local people!

2. Have you been to this show before? If so what made you come back.

I have never been here before.

3. How far in advance did you prepare for this show? What do you prepare (besides items)?

It took me a couple of days to carefully choose which prints I wanted to try to sell, mat and frame them.


4. Have you picked a select few shows or are you a weekend warrior?

I have a few other shows I am doing this year although I am not certain on the dates yet but stay tuned!

5. What advice do you have for first time craft show sellers?

Don’t stress about it! They are fun and interacting with the people who are going to buy your products is great. It’s very different and rewarding for the people to be able to see your products on real life vs on-line.

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: @summerstarsandmasonjars
Etsy: summerstarsmasonjars

Join Us For A Local Market Series – #LocalMarketSeries

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We are thrilled about our #LocalMarketSeries! We want to know all about anyone who is having a Market during the month of April.

This series is all about promoting, helping and marketing our #EtsyCIJ members.

Our #LocalMarketSeries is open to members worldwide having an April market! We want to have a wide variety of market types.

Each shop at our #LocalMarketSeries will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the month to find out all about their show!


Now let’s check out the shows!

Jessica / SummerStarsMasonJars / #LocalMarketSeries

Alicia / AliciasFindings / #LocalMarketSeries

RosesWorkshop / RosesWorkshop / #LocalMarketSeries

Please use #LocalMarketSeries on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops this month!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #LocalMarketSeries!


DIY And Tutorial Month – Fabric Button Earrings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial for Fabric Button Earrings” by Jessica Luiz-Brazil from SummerStarsMasonJars



Materials Used

Earring Posts and Backs
Glue (I use E6000 but any jewelry glue will work)
Button Kit (I bought mine at Joann Fabrics this includes the button fronts and backs, the circle template, the rubber holder and the button back push. I like the 3/4 inch ones but they have larger and smaller sizes)


Tutorial Directions

Step by Step tutorial Fabric Button Earrings

Center the fabric that you want shown on your earring in the center of the circle template.


Cut out two circles from the fabric.


Grab your fabric and the button top. Put the button front in the middle of the fabric and grab the rubber holder.


Push the fabric with the button top into the rubber holder.


Tuck all the fabric into the holder.


Place the button back onto the tucked fabric in the rubber holder.


Push the button back into the button with the push, you should feel it pop in.


Pop your button out and repeat on the second one.


Grab the glue and the earring posts. Glue them on and let them dry.


If your button package comes with the button backs with the loop on them to sew onto clothing just pop it off with pliers or cut with wire cutters.. your earring posts will cover the holes that it makes.


I usually leave mine to dry for a few hours but it will depend on the glue that you use.



Voila! You’ve got yourself a new pair of earrings!


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The Big Game

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

Starting in late summer, the anticipation begins to build as we anxiously await for the opening season kickoff of our favorite National Football League (NFL) team.  The different teams of the (NFL) belong to two different conferences, The National Football Conference (NFC) and The American Football Conference (AFC).

All season long, the teams battle it out to see if the NFC Champions or the AFC Champions will reign supreme in the ultimate showdown, The Big Game.  This game is the most watched television broadcast of the year and is now considered by some an unofficial American national holiday.  Big Game Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day.

This annual sporting event celebrates football, food and fun.  Some of our team members at Christmas In July share their game day recipes for celebrating the Big Game in style.


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Melissa from missy69 shared this dip recipe:


16 ounces sour cream
Real bacon bits
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 package ranch dry dip seasoning mix
Ritz crackers


Mix the sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning mix.  Let it chill and serve with crackers.





Alicia at AliciasFindings said:

My family always does cheese,meats and such.

One of our favorites is a Baked Brie!


1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 round brie cheese (8 to 12 ounces, 5- to 7-inch diameter)
1 large egg, beaten

Warm oven to 400 F
Roll out the puff pastry and wrap the brie in it
Brush the pastry with egg
Bake for 35-40 minutes and you have ooey gooey Goodness!


Jessica of SummerStarsMasonJars says:

Here is a really good super easy buffalo chicken dip!


• 2 halves chicken breast (or 3 small cans of chicken)
• 3/4 cup hot sauce (I use Franks)
• 2 blocks 1/3 less fat cream cheese
• 1 cup ranch dressing
• 1 bag Mexican cheese blend


Stir together all ingredients until well-combined in crock pot. Cook on low for 1½ hours or until cheese is melted and dip starts to bubble on edges. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Serve with tostitos!


CIJ Etsy Craft Party 2015 – Decorative Pinwheels

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings


Tutorial for Decorative Pinwheels” by Jessica Luiz-Brazil of SummerStarsMasonJars

Hello! I am Jessica from Summer Stars & Mason Jars and this is a easy tutorial on how to make decorative pinwheels!



  • Square paper(she used 5×5 scrapbook paper)
  • Scissors
  • Brads


  • Take the square paper and fold it corner to corner to score an x in the paper
  • Cut along the folded line a little more than half way up.Do not cut all the way up the middle!


  • Cut all 4 of the folded lines the same way.
  • Fold the corner of the paper to the middle.

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  • Do this with all 4 corners. I held it with my fingers,these corners could also be taped down.
  • Push the brad through the center of all the corners in the middle. I bought fancy flower brads,but here you could add a decorative sticker or flower to jazz it up a bit!

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  • Here is the back with the brad pushed through.

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Here it is! I used bright summer colors to have as a centerpiece at a cookout but they can be used as baby shower decorations,cupcake toppers or even on the wall for decorations in a room!


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