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 – United Kingdom: Letchworth Garden City

Contributor post by Jennifer of CaffeinatedPapercuts

Today we’re off to the United Kingdom to visit Tola Lasiende from DetolaAndGeek!

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special? I live in Letchworth Garden City. What makes it stand out is – It’s the first Garden City in the world.

Broadway Gardens & Fountain, Letchworth Garden City - United Kingdom

Broadway Gardens & Fountain, Letchworth Garden City – United Kingdom

Sunset in Letchworth Garden City - United Kingdom

Sunset in Letchworth Garden City – United Kingdom

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see? Well London is always the first choice for most tourists as you have tons of exciting landmarks & tourist attractions like: London Eye London Aquarium The Southbank stretch (along river Thames) Selfridges Hop on the train to other interesting towns & cities like Letchworth Garden City (and it’s a town, people often think it’s a city). We do have a ‘Tourist Office’ bang in the town Centre (a min or two walk from the train station). There you can pick up loads of information, town & local maps and the staff are ever so friendly and will help you with any questions you may have. Trust me you won’t be disappointed. In Letchworth, we have: The 1st UK roundabout Beautiful tree-lined streets Art Deco Cinema (The Broadway Cinema) Art Deco Library (Letchworth Library) The Letchworth Heritage Museum Letchworth Outdoor Swimming Pool Letwirth Common (Nature Reserve)

Nortonbury - A Tiny Picturesque Village Just On The Edge Of My Town - United Kingdom

Nortonbury – A Tiny Picturesque Village Just On The Edge Of My Town – United Kingdom

Broadway Cinema -  Letchworth Garden City - United Kingdom

Broadway Cinema – Letchworth Garden City – United Kingdom

Exhibition Cottage - Letchworth Garden City - United Kingdom

Exhibition Cottage – Letchworth Garden City – United Kingdom

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create? I have two nationalities – was born in the UK (Leeds to be precise) and my parents are from Nigeria. So I am what is coined as ‘British-Nigerian’. I’ve grown up in both countries and my handmade products are a fusion of my African background as well as my British roots. Ever since I was little, even growing up in Yorkshire, I have loved the colourful African print fabrics my Mum used to wear. I was so fascinated by them and I still am.

Standalone Farm -  Letchworth Garden City - United Kingdom

Standalone Farm – Letchworth Garden City –
United Kingdom

A Snowy Winters Day In Letchworth Garden City - United Kingdom

A Snowy Winters Day In Letchworth Garden City – United Kingdom

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 usually attend Handmade fairs that are local to me.  Not done any festivals or big shows per se (due to Health reasons I can’t be outdoors all day, standing in the same spot). But will aim at maybe ones aren’t a whole day outdoor affair!  But I will be exhibiting at the Letchworth Arts Centre’s Christmas fair this year, should be exciting. It lasts for a few weeks so a good way to display my products to the community and generate more awareness of what I do (and ultimately to make sales!).

Coloured Leaf African Cushion by DetolaAndGeek

Coloured Leaf African Cushion by DetolaAndGeek

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DetolaAndGeek
Twitter: twitter.com/DetolaAndGeek
Pinterest: pinterest.com/DetolaAndGeek
Blog: detolaandgeek.blogspot.co.uk
Tumblr: detolaandgeek.tumblr.com

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!