It’s All About The Laugh

Hi!  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u.  Did you know that a good laugh is good for the soul, that laughter helps reduce tension, and that laughter is definetely so much better overall than being grumpy?

And did you know that the entire month of April has been declared National Humor Month?  All kinds of information about National Humor Month can be found here.   So take some time to tip your hat to Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor, who founded National Humor Month.  Needless to say, some of our team members have product in their Etsy Shops that will tickle your funny bone too!  So read on and enjoy a laugh or two along the way.

Camille and Susan of upCdooZ start us off with this darling upcycled Dr. Seuss Horton Hear a Who girls T-Shirt Dress.  Dr. Seuss is always good for a laugh no matter your age!

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Kelly of ColourscapeStudios has a way with words and captures them on prints!  This is one of my favorites – check out her shop though for many more.

colourscapeBeadsandThreadsbyAmy does custom embroidery.  One of Amy’s favorites is this “Help Wanted” kitchen design.  Her only wish is that her husband would get the hint!

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Humor is old as mankind is.  TangerineToes has this vintage item available in her shop.  It is a “Real Women Don’t Cook Dinner” Miss Piggy Towel.  Who can keep a straight face around Miss Piggy and her muppet companions?

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Lisa of Sparkklejar has another laughter inducing vintage piece.  Only the grumpiest of grumps can keep a straight face at the sight of these zombie stabbing pickle forks!

sparkllejarJeanne of CedarwoodCreations loves to laugh!  When she found these mustache charms she absolutely had to make necklaces using them because they made her smile!

cedarcreationsRita of SticksNStonesGifts made these cute comical bug napkins for kids so that they have something fun at lunchtime.  The print makes Rita laugh so she’s sure they will bring smiles and enjoyment to others too!

sticksandstonesEvelyn and Lucy of artsyEVE also incorporate fun fabrics into their products.  This cat fabric is one of their favorites and have made this adorable soft baby book using it.

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So here’s hoping that one of more of these products have brought a smile to your face, a bit of laughter, and the knowledge that we have the whole month of April to celebrate humor!!

All About The Heart

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, it is time to highlight our heart-making team members. Below is a sampling of some of the items that our team members have incorporated the heart into.  There are mug cozies, bibs, jewelry, art, hats, quilts and so much more.  More details about each of these items can be found in this lovely Etsy Treasury.  In addition to the featured products below, you can find more hearts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly members here and here.

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Happy Valentines Day!

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2014 Goal Setting

As we head into another new year it is very common to spend some time thinking about what we want to accomplish between now and the end of the year.  So we asked our team members what their Etsy goals were for 2014 and we were not disappointed in their feedback.

Amy of BeadsandThreadsbyAmy will be listing three new items in her shop by February 1.  She is in the process of mastering the art of “in the hoop” embroidery designs and will have that completed by February 20.  And based on her the progress she’s making on small zippered purses, she will be expanding her customer base – something that all of us would love to do.

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Jenni of DayDreamsSunshine plans on being diligent about setting time aside each week to make something new or to try a new technique.  I’m sure we will be seeing more delightful creations from Jenni over the next few months!

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Corkycrafts has plans to add more Texas flower seeds to her shop because they have been in high demand from her customers.  Corkycrafts will also be making new creations with wine corks in addition to her wine cork wreaths.

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Sherri of ButterflyFeetDigital is working out the details to organize her time better.  She wants to do this so she can have more time for creating.  She especially wants to find more time to make more of her very popular calendars.

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Keep a close eye on Deanna’s FiddledeeDeeCraft shop for her new line of customizable dolls.  Deanna has her patterns all ready and as the new fabric arrives she will be sewing, creating, photographing, and listing them in her shop.

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Drink more coffee – that’s one of Jennifer’s goals.  Seems rather appropriate for a shop named CaffeinatedPapercuts!  Jennifer will be adding printable Valentines for this upcoming holiday.  And she will be launching a new line of scrapbook kits and supplies by July.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about some of the goals of our team members.  Have you set your 2014 goals yet?  What personal goals do you have?  What about your career?  And what are your goals for your free time?  Or your hobbies?

Creativity Quotes

Do you ever feel that your creativity has left you?  That you can’t find it anywhere regardless of where you look for it and how long you try to find it?  I am guessing that most EtsyChristmasInJuly team members have felt that on occasion.

When I find myself in a creative rut I take a creative break.  One of my favorite things to do during my creative break is to peruse my book shelf for inspiration.  I have tons of books that speak to the creative process at all different levels.  I will surf the internet for articles and blogs that speak to the process of creativity or how a person discovered their own unique way of becoming creatively inspired.  One of my favorite things to search for during this mental break are quotes about creativity.   Some make me think a lot.  Some make me laugh.  Some are from famous people, some are not.  Some are from long ago, some are recent.  Some I can’t relate to.  But then there are the handful that somehow start to clear out the cobwebs.  I crawl out of that creative rut and move forward again — until the next one that I find myself in!

Here are some of my favorites quotes that I have found over the years:

The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.  ~Pablo Picasso

Creativity takes courage.  ~Henri Matisse

Creativity is just connecting things.  When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.  It seemed obvious to them after a while.  That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.  ~Steve Jobs

Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.  ~Albert Einstein

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~Scott Adams

Doors are for people with no imagination.  ~Derek Landy

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.   ~Kurt Vonnegut

Others have seen what is and asked why.  I have seen what could be and asked why not.  ~Pablo Picasso

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.  ~Edwin Land

A new idea is delicate.  It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.  ~Charles Brower

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.  ~Mary Lou Cook

Do any of these “speak” to you?  Do you have a favorite Creativity Quote?

Fun with Fabric

Hello from Rita of Handmadebits4u.  I have another round of fantastic gifts for you from our team members.

The theme for this installment is fabric.  There are gifts for all ages that are made with fabric.  You will find embroidery hoop art, crayon wallets, key fobs, napkins, tea wallet, baskets, bibs, aprons and so much more.  So take a look and see if you can find that special gift for that someone special on your list!

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Around and Around and Around We Go….

Hi, It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u once again.  I sure do hope that you are enjoying these posts featuring gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly team members.

Today’s theme is circles.  You will find ornaments, paintings, pottery, jewelry, paper crafting and vintage items, dream catchers, and gifts for children all with circles incorporated into them.  We have such a multi-talented team!!

You can find detailed descriptions by clicking here and then clicking on the item of interest.

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“Squared” Gifts from EtsyChristmasInJuly

Hi!  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4U once again.

You must be scratching your head wondering what the heck is a “squared” gift.  And why would members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly team be making them!!  First of all, let’s define a square.

According to TheFreeDictionary there are a least 8 different meanings when we talk about the word square as a noun.  It could be a “T-shaped or L-shaped instrument for drawing.”  It could be the “product obtained when a number or quantity is multiplied by itself.”  When used as slang, it could be “a person who is regarded as dull, rigidly conventional, and out of touch with current trends” – this certainly does not apply to our team members by any means!!

One of the more familiar definitions is “something having an equal-sided rectangular form.”  It is this definition that has inspired many of the designs and creations by our team members for their designs and creations – squares can be readily seen in their product photographs!  Here are a few   “Squared” Gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly team members – you will find gifts soap, jewelry, face scrubbies, coasters, disc cutters, digital papers, pillows and more!  To find more details about each of these just click here and then click on the item of interest.

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Aren’t all of these squares beautiful!!

More Gifts from EtsyChristmasInJuly

Hi again from Rita of HandmadeBits4u.

It’s time for another installment of gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly team members.  Today we’re looking at gifts that range from $15.00 to $24.99 usd (before shipping/taxes).   You will find a wide range of gifts including, jewelry, knitted and crocheted gifts, cutting board, quilted and sewn gifts, and more.   Click here and then click on the item you’re interested in to find detailed descriptions and shipping information about each of these gifts.

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Happy Shopping from everyone from EtsyChristmasInJuly.

Gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly Leaders

Hi All.  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u again.

I have been featuring gifts from our team members in previous posts.  These include:

Gifts Under $20
Gifts Under $50
Gifts/Stocking Stuffers Under $10 

Today I want to feature gifts from our leaders and blog contributors – it’s a small way to express our thanks for the extra time and effort they put in to keep the team running.

First, we need to say a big thank you to our tireless and super organized team leader, Michelle of EviesToolEmporium.   Michelle’s shop specializes in metal stamping sets, drill bit sets, jewelry pliers, manners, vises, metalworking tools, jewelry tools, craft tools and hobby tools.  You can also find tutorials in their shop using the tools that are sold.  Check out this 36 piece 1/16″ (1.5mm) Letter and Number Metal Stamping Set with Case, Steel Bench Block, and Hammer.  It’s perfect for anyone on your list who has a passion for metal stamping.

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Because of their love of nature, AGiftOfNature features adorable miniature landscapes and aquaecapes.  These mini terrariums bring the beauty of nature to you in your home or office.  This Birds Nest Air Plant Aviary is a DIY Kit and features a festive airplant with natural woodland decor!

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Alicia of AliciasFindings creates jewelry through her thoughts, ramblings, and current trends.  This beautiful kumihimo necklace has a dichroic glass leaf pendant.  It’s a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.

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Paula of ilPiccoloGiardino enjoys making preserves, jams and jellies this time of year.  I’m drooling over these homemade Fig and Orange Jam Sweet and Savory Jellies.  It’s a great spread for holiday cheese platters and is a super fantastic hostess gift!!

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Jente of KnittingHedgehog has a rocking chair and a secret little garden that provides her with inspiration to knit and create her unique and luxurious knitwear.  Her attention to detail sets her apart from others.  This eco friendly, 100% pure new wool Owl Hat is a prime example of her workmanship!

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Natalie of whenshuttersclick is a fun-loving, crafting girl who fell in love with photography at a very early age.  She combines her love of crafting and her love of photography in creating beautiful pieces featuring both old and new photos.  You will find necklaces, cards, gift tags, bookmarks, key chains, tie clips, money clips and more in her shop.  This blank Photo Note Card is but one of her many creations.

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And I guess I need to toot my own horn too.  I’m a craftaholic for sure.  I have dabbled in many different kinds of crafts and still have the urge to go out and buy supplies for any new one I see.  My first love though is working with fabric.  I recently started making Cathedral Window Pincushions.  I have a couple listed in my HandmadeBits4u shop and am working on a few more for the shop and for upcoming fall craft fairs.

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So thank you to our EtsyChristmasInJuly leaders and contributors!  You are appreciated for sure.  Watch for more posts for gifts ideas from our team members in the near future.

Stocking Stuffers Under $10 from the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team

Hello again!  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u.  Today I’m featuring stocking stuffers unders $10 USD (before shipping/taxes).  It’s never too early to start picking up gifts for family, friends, hostesses, teachers, coaches, and anyone else on your list.  In addition to the gifts below, you can find more under $10 stocking stuffers here and here.

Have a guy one your list?  Here’s the perfect stocking stuffer for him:  Bay Rum Soap by SummerfieldSoaps!

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Here’s a DIY kit for the kids on your list.  This Zen Garden Kit from CedarwoodCreations includes all supplies needed to make this delightful Zen Garden.  And there are many charms to choose from.

cedarwoodcreationsThese silver plated chainmaille earrings in Byzantine weave with black glass beads will be the perfect stocking stuffer for someone on your list!  They are expertly made by Marijana of UrsulaChainmaille.

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HampshireRose has the perfect solution for those of you who give gift cards!  Here’s one of her lovely Giftcard Holder that will hold those cards until it’s ready to be opened.

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WalterSilva makes beautiful pill boxes.  These solid wood boxes feature a “beautiful ladies” image on top.  They  can also be used as a tooth-fairy box or can house first curls or wedding rings.

waltersilvaThanks again for stopping by.  And remember you can find more stocking stuffers for under $10 from our team members  here and here.