Home Of Your Own

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Home is often thought of as where you lay your head,your permanent residence or where your family resides. There are many types of homes such as single family,town living,city and more.

Here at CIJ we want to know all about your items for the home. What would you have in your home?
Tell us a bit about what makes it useful for the home and so on..

Linda from LazyYVintage says home for me is where we meet for family gatherings and dinner parties with friends. I love to cook. And, people seem to love that I cook. And, when you are a cook who loves vintage items, you have to own some Pyrex. I use it all the time and have several sets from different eras. This one is from the 1960s.

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Vintage pyrex casserole dish

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said I have moved around a lot as a kid and as a mother. We always made a new place a home by adding our own art to bare walls, even when staying in hotels and motels for long periods of time. I found that it didn’t really matter how big or little the place was or how old or new, it’s what we DID in the place that turned it into our home. We’ve served birthday cakes on towels spread out on the floor while waiting for furniture, I’ve applied for jobs using a moving box as a desk, we’ve slept on blow up mattresses, shared beds and in sleeping bags on the floor. What made the place a home was how happy were and what fun we could have.

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Printable kitchen decor

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that I am lucky to have 2 homes: 1 in Cape Cod and 1 in Syracuse NY. We bought a place where we vacationed for years with our kids. We all Love The Cape!!
I am featuring my Flo Blue Plate as my Cape home is decorated with White and Blue. Doors and moldings Are white. My Syracuse home has dark wood and antiques.
We will Soon be visiting the Cape! This year my new grandson will come.

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Flo blue dinner serving plate

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said we do a lot of cooking in our home and so when it is time to take something off the stove or reach in the oven we use these wool felted hot pads. They are great! They can also be used as a trivet. Both my daughters have them and have used them for many years. They ask for them again and again. They even buy them for their friends for gifts. I just keep busy making them so there will be enough to go around.

Whimsical Wool Felted Hot Pads

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I love a pop of color in my indoor house plants. I really do not have a green thumb at all but every time I look at these adorable plant ornaments, I’m given a gentle reminder to show my plants some TLC! I have them in multiple colors and themes throughout the house, all matching the room decor they are placed in.

Beaded plant ornament

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA states home is a wonderful spot to prepare and enjoy a meal with friends! The occasion becomes more festive with the addition of colorful table linens. This pattern is for a set of place mats that can be easily created in colors that enhance your dinnerware and home decor!

Downloadable quilted place mats pattern

Light And Bright

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are many things that can be defined as light and bright.

There are bright eyes, bright lights, bright colors..

There are light of the sun,illuminate an area,radiate an area..

Here at CIJ we want to see all your light and bright items. Please tell us all about it. The why, what, how and so on.

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies says these light and bright coloured beads are great for embellishing bunting, cards, jewelry, clothing, scrapbooking and more!

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Loose tube bugle beads

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this is a vintage Christmas light bulb.

I imagine this angel looked “heavenly” on the tree! The beams of light would have shown from the cut out circles and stars on her gown! Wow!

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Angel Christmas decoration vintage bulb

Diana from joliefemmebydiana states laughter is light hearted! Colors are bright! This funny print has both with some happy funny faces and bright pink and orange print! It is a unique print that will make you smile!

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Alegria Happy funny faces tote

Traci from mytoffeeapple discussed the beautiful, bright and fresh with botanical white flowers, ” I love you forever mom” art print.

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Mother’s Day digital download

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said stunning shimmery Eisenberg Original fur clip
rhinestones are light and amber stones are like the sun
Old and bright vintage jewelry to brighten up dress attire.

Eisenberg Original Dress Clip Signed 1930s

Cut It Out

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many items that have cut outs in them, some by accident and some by design.

Holes in jeans, paper snowflakes and so much more.

Here at EtsyCIJ we want to see all your items that are cut out. Please tell us something about your item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says a beautiful find! A cutout pottery bowl. It is a signed pottery bowl with a cutout and etched design glazed a wonderful blue green on the inside of the bowl. The bowl would look lovely on a shelf, or as a coffee table bowl. I keep moving it around the house to see how it looks here and there…..just so pretty.

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Brown cutout pottery bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said here are hand punched paper hearts. Great for scrap booking, table scatter or party confetti. This would make a great present for a language teacher.

In a previous life I was an English teacher and had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world. Although I encouraged everyone to speak English most of the time for the sake of learning, my Japanese English dictionary came in handy when talking to brand new struggling students or visiting parents. I used it a lot when traveling to Japan as well.

Scrapbooking hearts

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios states I created these tags for last year’s Etsy/Plan Australia Make For Good fundraiser, which had the theme of “Making brighter futures”. My idea was to use bright coloured card and featured little cutout hearts to bring colour and love to those less fortunate. Collectively, the Australian and New Zealand sellers involved raised over $38,000 together to help young women in Sri Lanka build a better life for themselves.

Heart gift tags,set of 10

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this is a unique vase in 3D carved relief.

I imagine the artist enjoyed creating this miniature scene inside.

Made in Japan in the 50’s or 60’s.

Blue Bud 3D relief vase

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said In knitting, we usually use a yarn-over (or yarn forward) to create holes & spaces. When done with very fine yarns, you get those ethereal cobweb shawls. When done with a thicker yarn, you get a lot more structure holding the “cut-outs” together – like this:

Pink fringe shawl

 

Floral Fantasy

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Don’t you just love flowers! This is a lovely topic with all the gorgeous great smelling flowers in the world.

Along with the flowers we grow in our gardens, those that get presented to us in beautiful bouquets and the flowers we admire in someone else’s garden – we also have the plentiful array of life-like faux flowers, from silks to succulents.

I’d love to hear your stories about the wonderful Floral Fantasy creations you’ve encountered throughout the years – and of course, see the corresponding items in your shops.

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Who doesn’t love flowers? The allergy prone aside…

I tend to be drawn to the minimalist approach in flower arrangements. A great example of this minimalist approach is Ikebana. This Japanese art of flower arranging has inspired many florists to create fresh, natural creations with an emphasis on balance and imbalance, as well as graceful lines.

These earrings composed of cascading three petal flowers hand-knotted on walnut waxed linen are an Ikebana inspired design.

The flowers sway softly as you move creating a graceful floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

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Wasabi Flower Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 I love flowers! This set of three premade scrapbook pages is meant to be a bit abstract and ethereal, with the flowers almost blending in to the background. I added swirls and I think the effect is rather elegant, yet rustic – a bit messy even! So fun to create like this!
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Floral Scrapbook Page Download

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

 I love flowers, gardening and all that lovely nature has to offer. I’m always inspired by the colours and patterns of plants and flowers I see when I’m gardening or walking the dog.

My needle felted gnomes have all had green fingers and I love discovering their personalities and giving them flower stories too. This fella may look a little grumpy but a fresh bloom will always put a smile on his face.

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Needle Felted Gnome

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I too love flowers. And, I also love florist ware. All those vases and planters that are full of flowers, and memories of the flowers that were once there. I’ve been truly blessed with a husband and sons who know how much I do love flowers. Now instead of sending me another vase from the florist shop (of which I have numerous colors, size, and styles of) they go out of their way to find me a unique vintage vase or planter. My personal collection of florist ware is growing with each birthday or Mothers’ Day.

This bowl is from FTD in 1979. Back in the day when unique, quality florist ware was used to create their beautiful bouquets.

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Vintage Milk Glass Bowl

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I love daisies!!

Daisies are so dainty and just flow in the wind with such grace. I picture myself standing in a field of them and thinking how nice it is to not have a care in the world.
I’d bet you have a fur child with the name daisy and she’d love this adorable dog collar.

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Daisy Dog Collar

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Flowers are great – they are colourful and bring the bees into my vegetable garden!! I also love cutting them for inside the house!

This flower ring is handmade from clay and features an adjustable ring shank, so almost anyone can wear it!

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Ceramic Flower Ring

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

 Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! That means flowers will be popping up everywhere! Why not wrap these adorable (folk art) floral wine glass charms around your favorite glass of wine as you sit on the deck and enjoy the season?
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Beaded Wine Glass Charms

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

 I love wearing floral dresses. Last week I wore a black dress with large yellow sunflowers to a school presentation opening. I noticed everyone wearing muted grey and blue office clothes and felt a little bit out there! I kinda wished I’d worn my plain navy dress but still I would have accessorised with a colourful tote abundant with flowers just like this one!
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Floral Tote Bag

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Is there anyone who does not love flowers? No, l cannot think so!

My love for flowers began when l was a child, as my mother was used to have a lot of flowered plants and l always took care of them together with her.

I love almost all flowers, but my preferred are the orange ones, as you can clearly see in my shop.

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Gorgeous Peony Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 Love flowers!! Especially the flowers on my vegetables that attract the bees for fertilizing so that I get great fruit and veggies in my garden!!
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Green Ceramic Earrings

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Living in Massachusetts in the Northeast we have long, cold Winters, and I say every year how I cannot wait for Spring!

I love flowers, plants, and trees, planting them and watching them grow!

I plant indoors, outdoors, and also do experiments with pollinating them and attracting bees and butterflies with certain plants!

I am inspired by nature and enjoy adding flowers and items from nature into my item photos and some of my creations!

This handmade bracelet has lovely blue glass and lamp work beads with pretty flowers, birds, and is even accented with a Sterling Silver clasp with leaves!

Blue and White Flowered Brace

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Lovely items everyone! I love how floral and flowers and all things flowery are being represented in many forms. Thank you

In my owl shop I tend to add a flower to everything, or find a colorful floral fabric to match whatever mood I’m in, and for that particular item.

Since I am owl oriented, we choose this pretty owl floral plush for my bulletin boards.

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Colorful Owl Plush Bulletin Board

Favourite Items You Have Made

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0.

Everyone has a favourite item that they have made, you pride yourself over it and customers love it.

We at CIJ love to see pictures and know what Favourite Items You Have Made? Why is it your favourite? Below are some favourite items.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says: This is a new design, and one of my favorites because I just love the way the little flowers and vase turned out. I used the same image in a birthday card as well but with dots for the background. I’m having fun with new design techniques and this is one example.

Printable Mother’s Day card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard and Tatiana’s from DesignstheLimit says: Most of the decanters in our shop are 100% lead-free crystal and safe for storage, but we have one flint glass or lead crystal decanter available. Originally discovered by Englishman George Ravenscroft in 1674, the technique of adding lead oxide improved the appearance of the glass and made it easier to melt. The use of the term lead crystal remains popular for historical and commercial reasons. Lead crystal glassware was formerly used to store and serve drinks, but due to the potential health risks of lead, this has become rare. They are still beautiful works of art to be appreciated for their beauty and we have only one available while supplies last. We specialize in sandcarved wine and spirit decanters and offer a selection of design and font choices accepting custom order requests.

If you are looking for the ultimate gift for the men and women in your life, give a personalized gift that will be treasured and can be put to good use! We have a number of lead-free decanters available and look forward to working with you to build the wet bar of your dreams. Ship direct to your gift recipient with gift wrap and gift cards available!

Deep Carved Crystal Decanter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lida Pereira from lililapt says: This towel set of three pieces (small, medium and big) is my favourite, although I love all the pieces I embroider and/or crochet.

In my opinion, they are beautiful, the colours are fantastic and the quality of the material is exceptional. They were made WITH lots of LOVE!!!

Bathroom towel sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says: Why is this stool my favourite? Probably because I am a fan of seemingly simplistic design. This stool operates like a finely tuned watch. The engineering involved to make the item work as intended is quite involved. I have, over time, evolved the making process to enable me to offer the item at a reasonable price with a high level of build quality. Soon to be available in three different height. Each change of height requires the reengineering of 4 elements to ensure that the item operates as intended. The devil is in the detail. I love it!!

Folding stool or side table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: I would have to say that my favorite part of being an Etsy seller is the chance I get to make custom art and signs. I really love helping make an event special. And I take pride in the fact that I work really closely with each customer to get their personalized print or printable just right.

Custom quote digital sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all who has took part in this blog, it was lovely reading about your Favourite Items.

Julie

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.

TreasuresFromTheLake

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.

StockLaneStudio

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

Boho Style

Contributor post by  Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

Gypsy, Boho, Bohemian, Ethnic, Hippie — whatever you choose to call it, it’s FUN! In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohemian, for “gypsy”).

At the beginning of the Bohemian ‘movement’, it was said that gypsy girls themselves “…are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion.”

When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60’s and 70’s when major designers started to routinely promote the “peasant look” and sold a range of “uniquely eccentric clothes.” (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)

Fast forward again to the late 1980’s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or denim to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like ‘hippie chic’ and ‘boho-chic’. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as “bobo” or “ashcan chic” or “luxe grunge” — with leading proponents including actresses Mary Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.

Whatever it’s called, and whatever the iteration or era, we L.O.V.E. it. What do you have or love that’s Boho? We asked our team members to share their stories and items with us, and here’s what we got —

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

Some people think that these little bags are Bohemian style bags and I share them with the teenagers as cute chic bags to carry for fun. Cool colorful stripes and colorful flower button makes it a fun bag for any teen! What is fun about this style of bag is it can be made into the school’s colors too, that is pretty chic too!

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Hand Knitted, Chic, Boho Teen Fun, Wool Felted Unlined Handbag, Accessories, One of A Kind

Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

Cut from a fallen and dried cherry plum branch, these are a very early example of my foray into hand-made timber buttons. Nicely boho, they each have a dash of ‘silver lining’ paint on one side … flaunt it or keep it secret!
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Wooden Boho Buttons with a dash of silver paint! Hand Made from Locally Grown Cherry Plum Tree (pack of 6)

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said:

For me ‘hippie’ is all about flowers and especially daisies and daisy chains.  This pendant was made with this in mind and features daisy heads impressed into the clay while still soft during the design process.
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Pendant Necklace Boho Jewelry Ceramic Daisy Spring Flowers Forest Green Handmade Pottery Round Statement Hippie Handmade Gift Pouch

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said:

Pearls, Leather and Lace Tassel Necklace – The epitome of bohemian! Leather, lace, hand-knotted pearls, sterling silver beads and silk. Think Stevie Nicks! I love the style.
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Tassel Necklace Pearls Lace Silk Leather Bohemian Jewelry

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said:

It was the spots that got my attention. They brought to mind lush jungle foliage, moss on rocks, lizards and that sense of long ago. Add the copper disk, and I started thinking about Amazon warrior-women and the tribal nomad style of the hippie commune days. Obviously, I have a fertile imagination…
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Tribal Earrings – Mother Daughter or Best Friends Set, Turquoise DangleEarrings on Nickle-Free Copper Finish Earwires, Ready to ship.

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

To my eye, the Bohemian look is earthy and layered, with flowing colorful fabrics and accessories made from natural materials. Our Tagua nut stacking bracelets are an earthy combination of tagua nut hollow triangle slices, wooden tubes and lightweight colorful resin rounds hand-knotted on silk thread.

While Bohemian fashion may cycle through fashion popularity over the years, true Bohemians don’t care about popularity or style – they care about expressing themselves. So wear what makes you feel good!

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LIghtweight Capri Tagua Nut Earthy Stacking Bracelet

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

Boho or hippie brings to mind closeness to nature and the earth.

The earth toned beads accentuate that feeling. Add to that the brown cord and the large brown beach glass, it’s a statement piece that screams I love nature.

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Lariat beach glass and bead pendant/Boho Hippie jewelry/beach glass pendant/sea glass pendant/Boho lariat pendant

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

I think of unique, eclectic designs and earthy colors when I think Boho home design. These repurposed wind chimes combine old and new with a unique free flowing style and earth tone colors.

Repurposed boho wind chime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

We found these vintage napkin rings in Ann Arbor, Michigan!

We love their puffy hats and long eyelashes!

Who needs napkins?! These girls are perfect on their own!

Ceramic girl napkin rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

Boho style is the best! This pillow has a lovely boho vibe and is a perfect accent for your gypsy style chair, bed, or room. Bright color and lovely hamsa symbol make it a unique decorative piece!

Hamsa chair cushion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends sure proved they know boho! Until next time,

Sheila