Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you

Thank you to all the Etsy Christmas In July team members who participated this year.

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2017 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the Christmas In July leaders! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Lisa from SpoiledFelinesArt

Megha from byTheArtBug

Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2017!

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday July 5th for the #CIJParty 2017.

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Schedule

Here is the schedule of our events!

July 1st – Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – #EtsyCIJ 2017
July 2nd – CIJ Team & Wandarrah Team Cross Promotion
July 3rd – CIJ Team Leaders
July 4th – #CIJPopUpMarket #1: International Shops
July 5th – #CIJParty
July 6th – #CIJPopUpMarket #2: USA Shops
July 7th – #CIJPopUpMarket #3
July 8th – #CIJPopUpMarket #4
July 9th – Best Photos From the #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge
July 10th – Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Social Media

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We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2017 season!

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Tutorial: How To Make A Ring From Scratch

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Tutorial: How To Make A Ring From Scratch” by Susan of SusanDeBayJewelry

SusanDeBayJewelry

SusanDeBayJewelry

Introduction

I try to make my jewelry pieces to inspire the artist in all of us. Christmas is my busiest time of year and I love seeing the faces of the people who pick up their custom made pieces to give out as gifts. It blesses me to be a part of their Christmas giving experience.

You will see the whole process of how a ring is made from scratch using metal smith skills!

Here I am making a sterling silver ring with a star shaped Larimar stone. You have to cut the silver, hammer the silver, solder the silver and finally polish the silver! Oh and do not forget the patina! Enjoy watching the video!

Materials Used

Sterling Silver
Star shaped Larimar stone
Sterling silver bezel
Silver Solder

Tutorial Directions

How To Make A Ring From Scratch

Share Your Social Media Sites

Facebook: Facebook.com/susandebayjewelry

 

Warm Taupe And Dusty Cedar – Pantone Fashion Colors For Fall 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone two of the top colors for Fall 2016 are Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar.

WARM TAUPE PANTONE 16-1318

PANTONE 16-1318 Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016 season.

  • Suggests reassurance and stability
  • Trusted, organic and grounded
  • Departs slightly from the foundations of the Fall 2016 palette
  • Timeless

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Warm Taupe

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board
Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Warm Taupe

Members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the colors Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore says

I love old bottles and lace…when blended together, they tell a story.
Warm Taupe Altered Glass Bottle

Warm Taupe Altered Glass Bottle

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I love color and always await the Pantone annual color report with interest. I also enjoy combining enamel and gemstones together. This year, I designed and made earrings based on the 2016 colors. These earrings are a nice neutral to add to any wardrobe!
FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet says:

The yarn was a gorgeous, a chunky multi-shaded brown wool blend that I just couldn’t resist. I could just imagine how warm and pretty this yarn would be in one of my hat and scarf sets. So, here it is in all its warm glory.

LazyYCrochet

LazyYCrochet

The simplicity and beauty of nature have always inspired me as an artist and as a human being, and I believe that this baby deer wall art embody those moral values. The baby deer was hand burned onto a bass wood plaque, which was left in its natural state, to show off the beauty of the wood and the wood burning arts.

SpoiledFelinesArt

SpoiledFelinesArt

Sue from ZozannaCeramics says:

Warm Taupe is a gorgeous warm neutral colour. I haven’t looked at the Pantone colours since I worked in graphics years ago. Thanks for re-introducing me. I think this pendant fits.
ZozannaCeramics

ZozannaCeramics

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Neutral colours are great because they are so versatile, and can, therefore, be called upon in any wardrobe emergency!! And I love rings!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

I am fond of using neutrals for decor and sewing because they are timeless.

This apron I have designed and made using classic chintz cotton has a background of Warm Taupe that highlights the dainty floral posies. It combines my love of cooking with gardening and nature-even to photographing the apron in the outdoors!

ArabellaBlossoms

ArabellaBlossoms

DUSTY CEDAR PANTONE 18-1630

Like Airy Blue, PANTONE 18-1630 Dusty Cedar gives a nod to the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz.

  • A fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring
  • Dustier rose-toned Pink shade with some complexity
  • Exudes warmth and welcome

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Dusty Cedar

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board
Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Dusty Cedar

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Love this Pantone Color – it seems like a lighter version of Pantone’s Marsala. Still nice and warm and velvety for the fall. I see myself sitting by a fire with a cup of warmth and a bit of chocolate.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGifts0 says:

Hi everyone-

I have a piece of jewellery with ‘some’ Dusty Cedar in it.

The inspiration for this piece is Morse Code. I see so many Morse Code items that I fell in love straight away and wanted to make my version with pearls and silver beads. Morse Code can have such a meaning to the person buying the item that they can personalise it in anyway they want, the item has great meaning to them and memorable to the person who wears it. Perfect for all occasions and ages.

EveryoneLovesGifts0

EveryoneLovesGifts0

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This is such a warm comforting colour! This set of salt & pepper dishes are equally comforting when it comes to sharing food with family and friends!

The dishes are a soft dappled dusty cedar & mint green – opposite colours on the colour wheel and a natural outcome of the ceramic firing process!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Tami Wooliver from HannaHerbals says:

This is one of my favorite soaps. I love the splash of dusty warm pink in the whiteness of the soap. The dusty pink was created by using Australian pink clay, which is so good for your skin. It is a castille brine soap, Castille Brine soap has traditionally been made in France. This is not a traditional castille brine, because we did add red clay and french lavender eo to the soap. We use only certified organic oils and salts in this soap.

HannaHerbals

HannaHerbals

Melissa R from missy69 says:

I guess my inspiration for all my jewelry, is that I love jewelry. I started collecting gemstones for a few years, and then taught myself how to set them in castings and semi mounts. The semi mount was purchased from a jewelry supplier, and then I set one of my lovely Rhodolite Garnets into the setting. It is a size 6, and will match all your Dusty Cedar outfits.

missy69

missy69

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

There are certainly a lot of natural gemstones out there in this amazing world we live in. Finding a Dusty Cedar colored stone was a challenge but I think I found one in Thulite.

Thulite was first discovered at a place called Sauland in Telemark, Norway in 1820. It is named after the mythical island of Thule in the belief that the island is Norway.

Thulite is also sometimes called rosaline it is an opaque, massive pink manganese-bearing variety of the mineral zoisite. Thulite is often mottled with white calcite and occurs as veins and fracture fillings transecting many types of rock. In mineralogical literature, thulite may sometimes refer to any pink zoisite.

saxdsign

saxdsign

rosenthorn2001 from CrochetArtETC says:

When I saw the Dusty Cedar color featured, I had to share my Fluted White doily in which this color stands out amid a multicolored pattern on white. The unique design was crocheted by me and is one of my favorites. The doily is crafted with size 10 cotton thread into varied texture stitches. It is 14″ Round and the contemporary Dusty Cedar color blended with the other colors in the doily’s palette makes this piece ideal for many decors. Even though creating fiber art is my joy, I especially loved working this stunning color palette into this most interesting pattern design.

CrochetArtETC

CrochetArtETC

Holly Becker’s Top 4 Design Trends To Watch

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the Trend Watch With Holly Becker of decor8  article on the Etsy blog.

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

Great Blog! I can see why she has published a book.

I love enamelware and ceramics. I agree that ceramics are in and I personally like the handmade look and when it isn’t perfect.

I think this is a pretty, elegant ceramic vase that was made in Japan. It has a matte look and feel with muted flowers. The curves are so feminine.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

The twig vase in this arrangement utilizes one of the trends mentioned by Holly Becker, which is using natural and raw surfaces. This natural twig vase complements the earthy greenery and offers a nice backdrop to the soft lavenders of the lilacs and pansies.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Well, I’ll have to say I really enjoy reading Holly Becker’s positive blog. I don’t have much in the category of ceramics or enamelware, but if good health and positive mind are a trend, I’m hitching a ride! The way we think, approach life and help others can certainly lead to a stronger and better body!

Here’s a little positive inspiration for any girls or women out there who have been told – NO, you can’t do that – in more ways than one. Available in print or printable.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

If you are on Pinterest here is the Holly Becker’s Top 4 Design Trends To Watch board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Tutorial: How To Make A Girl’s Summer Head Kerchief

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

“Tutorial: How To Make A  Summer Girl’s Head Kerchief” by Tetiana from DiMaryboutique

 

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DiMaryboutique

Introduction

Maternity is the biggest happiness in the world. All values are changed in the mind after baby is born. I had opened the new talents as my own after my daughter Mariya come to this world. Her appearing in my life had strong influence for my brain,I become to draw the sketches of baby dresses and hats in my imagination and became to handmade (sew and crochet ) – to make my creations real.

Handmade is made with love special for somebody.
My handmade and creation for my Mariya is one way to express my huge love to my child.

Summer girl kerchief for my daughter is created special for Christmas and July group.
One very nice crochet hat had been lost by my daughter when she were playing in the yard and I did not think for a long time what tutorial to create. I decided to made summer head kerchief for toddler girl, cloth one with crocheted edge.
I will be very glad if my tutorial become useful for other moms!
When I am out home, my next door neighbors or even strangers in the street ask me where have I bought such nice toddler head kerchief.

 

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Materials Used

  1.  Piece of cloth
  2. Thread and Crochet
  3. Rubber
  4. Sewing Machine
  5. Ruler
  6. Pencil(or chalk)

 

Tutorial Directions

Measure baby’s head

Draw a triangle length=40 cm/16 inch Height = 30 cm/12 inch. Ad 1 cm in every edge for sewing (stitching). And cut with scissors.

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Draw small rectangle 10*5 cm/ 4*2 inch, cut piece of rubber of length 4 cm/1.5 inch

Tuck and sew edges of triangle

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Stitch the lace to the triangle

Sew rectangle and twist it, pull a piece of rubber inside and stitch this detail with the triangle.

 

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Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2016 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2016 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you to all the Etsy Christmas In July team members who participated this year.

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2016 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the Christmas In July leaders! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Catherine from DesignsByCnC

Debbie from NaturalBodyComfort

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KraftyShop

Lia from Ghirlandiamo

Mary from LilFoxDesigns

Megha from byTheArtBug

Nancy from EponasCrystals

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby

Rheta from VintageEves

Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2016!

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday July 6th for the #CIJParty.

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Please continue to use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2016 season!

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Instagram
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Opportunity – #EtsyCIJ

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

When was the last time you took advantage of an opportunity?

Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done.

On July 1st, 2016 I offered an opportunity to all Etsy Christmas In July team members.

The opportunity was to be featured here on our blog and on a special Christmas In July Pinterest board – Etsy Christmas In July 2016.

I challenged the the team members to share themselves with us through an item from their shop.

I am a firm believer that taking advantage of an opportunity leads to another opportunity, that leads to another opportunity and so on.

Here are the Etsy Christmas In July team members who took advantage of this opportunity!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Cozy up next to the chimney with us and enjoy a glass of your favorite Christmas spirits with friends, family, and in style! If you are looking for the best combination of quality in both the product you are purchasing and the personalization you are including, look no further. If you are planning a personal gift giving experience or just shopping for yourself, use the Etsy Christmas in July team coupon code offer in our shop for the best offer available all year! We love Christmas and thank you for planning ahead!

At Design’s the Limit, we offer two distinct types of engraving on our glass and crystal products. Our crystal wine & distiller decanters are 100% lead-free crystal and we deep sand-carve them for the best personalization available. This is the most time consuming product to complete in our shop and is not available for Christmas delivery in December without additional fees. We believe that gift cards do not tell a story and that they make gift giving impersonal. Don’t tell your gift recipient that you were obligated to get them a gift. Show your gift recipient’s that they are worth taking the time to design a personalized gift giving experience for. Shop for a keepsake that will be treasured and which can be passed down for generations to come. Please drink responsibly and Merry Christmas in July from Design’s the Limit!

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says:

Hi, I am Pam from PamsPawsJewelry

I have been on Etsy as a seller since Feb. 2014. I opened my shop with my handmade gemstone and Sterling Silver jewelry but started to love and look for beautiful Vintage items too!

Everyone knows me as a friendly, crazy, cat mom!

My cats, Moses and Mirri model some of my items and have also modeled for a couple of other teamies’ shops, LOL!

I love animals and nature and recently started donating to causes that help animals.

One was the Shadow Fund in MA which assists people with money for pet emergency health issues who cannot pay up front. www.shadowfundne.org

Two others through Petco are a Cancer research fund and a drive to assist local animal shelters.

I would like to donate to more local shelters and some people related causes too when I get more sales!

Here is a Christmas item that reflects the beauty of nature, animals with the reindeer, Christmas theme and colors, and a Nordic design too!

PamsPawsJewelry

PamsPawsJewelry

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

Hello, my name is Shelly and I opened my vintage shop in 2014. I love vintage and antiques.

My absolute favorite piece in my shop is a set of Fostoria Electric Blue Plates. I found these when I picked a man’s storage units. He was downsizing, or trying to, and I got called to pick his units first.

Stuff in there had been there for decades, untouched, and placed haphazardly in boxes or totes. The color drew me instantly to them and I added to my boxes of great finds.

Later when I researched I found they were made by Fostoria in the late 1920’s. Who knows how long he had them. He told me he enjoyed spending his days at yard sales and would pack his finds away.

These appear to have been rarely, if ever, used and still have 8 plates.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Reading the novel “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey inspired me to this painting with the same title. It’s about a childless couple who is homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness. One day they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but a real young girl enters their life. This girl often has a little red fox by her side. It is a beautiful though heart breaking story that occupied my imagination and I felt the urge to paint it.

I chose a wood panel for this painting and used a molding paste for the foundation. I wanted a lot of texture in creating kind of a “rough” painting. This is not a smooth surface – you can not only see this painting, but feel it as well. It represents the harsh Alaskan environment and the dark color in the background is a symbol for the long, dark Northern winter.

This was the first time that a novel or written story inspired me to visualize it in my own way.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Carla from CarlasCraft says:

This past year had been a bit of a challenge for me, as it has for many of us. I see, for example, the last time I wrote on my blog (clisette.wordpress.com) was 2015 just after my brother passed away from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, I’ve focused on taking care of myself, because, really, who else is going to do that for me, better than I will? I had a knee replacement and have been doing water aerobics and swimming laps several times a week. What a joy it is to be back in the water (must be the Aquarian in me?)!

Along with improved health, I’ve lit a fire under my creative side and have been happily creating new mixed media projects, many of which you can see in my Etsy online shop and one I am sharing here with you now.

I created this textured canvas using extra coarse pumice gel to cover the wood panel surface. I recycled packaging material cutting it into seed shapes. Once the surface dried, I outlined the kiwi and then adhered the seed shapes using modeling paste. Shades of lime green acrylic paint made the inside of the one kiwi which has been cut in half. Then brown acrylic paint over the coarse pumice created the fuzzy skin of the kiwi fruit and mixing some of the brown with black I painted the outline and the seeds.

The background is a series of colorful complimentary rectangles painted in shades of light yellow, navy blue, lavender, pink, an orangey red, a rusty red, grey and white. Once the piece was finished I felt the background was too bright and distracted from the focus of the mixed media art, which is the kiwi fruit. I tested several shades of paint to tone down the brighter colors in the background until I settled on an Interference Blue, which created a lighter iridescence over the background.

I added a frame and now it is the first of three fruit mixed media pieces available in Carla’s Craft The other two are titled: 3 Little Figs and Ruby Red Grapefruit.

CarlasCraft

CarlasCraft

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Hi! I’m Sharon from Ms P Designs USA. My sister, Susan, and I have had our Etsy shop since August, 2015, and we design whimsical quilt patterns.

Our most recent endeavor is a line of animal applique patterns in which the animals are all dressed up for Christmas. We chose animals that aren’t normally associated with the holidays, and then had some fun making them “Christmas-y”.

My favorite design in the collection is the happy holiday horse. She’s dressed in her special saddle blanket, and waits beneath the mistletoe for her first Christmas kiss. The Christmas tree is bedecked with sparkly rhinestones.

I created a banner to feature the horse applique and also used several of my favorite piecing techniques to make pinwheels that remind me of Christmas goodies and a row of pieced trees. Since the horse looks so joyful, I added the word “JOY” to the banner.

I love it, and hope that this Christmas banner pattern will bring “JOY” to others as well.

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

Hi my name is Jackie my shop started out as wood door hanger shop.

I have added jewelry, Jewelry display shelves, chalkboard, sewn items and more.

I love to design my door decor I specializes in custom designs. All I need to know is what you have in mind or what team mascot you would like done.

My passion is painting pastel portraits I love working in pastels.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.

Here is one of my favorite Snowman door hangers.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

My mom and I both contribute to my Etsy shop – Nautico Creations. I do all of the floral arrangements and other gifts including holiday ornaments and other items during the holidays, and my mom focuses on quilts and quilted gifts.

I chose to feature this fish wall hanging because it is the most complex piece that was created for the shop. It includes 30 different fabrics all pieced together to make this beautiful work of art.

Since we live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, fishing is also a very popular past time – in winter and in summer. For a lot of us, summer is a much better time to highlight it though, when we can spend some quality time by the lake.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

This is the very first drawing that I completed in 2016. It is the very first drawing that I completed after I opened my Etsy shop.

The design is a five pointed star. This signifies the body – two arms, two legs and the head. It also signified the hands in particular – because we have five fingers.

Because it references the body it stands for the boundless possibilities of strength that we hold within us. Because it references the hands, it stands for our creativity and ability to make things that have never existed before.

I penciled in the basic design at the end of 2015. When I returned to complete it, about one week after David Bowie died, it just felt right that it should be dedicated to him. His final album is called Black Star and featured a similar five pointed star on the cover.

I held the legacy of Bowie and his creative exploration, adventure and risk taking in my mind while I chose and laid down the pigment colours for my own Black Star.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I chose to feature our Paris Love Locks photograph. These Cadenas Amoureux, or love padlocks have sprung up all over the world, but this photograph was taken from a bridge across the Seine River in Paris. Lovers have been binding their love with a padlock on a bridge and then throwing the key to their hearts into Seine below. Unfortunately, the bridges could not hold the weight of all that love and the padlocks had to be removed. But love lingers on in this golden photograph!

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I opened our Etsy Shop last September with some of my mother’s Renwal dollhouse furniture and a few other items.

We were thrilled when we made our first sale a couple weeks later!

It’s nice that we both share the appreciation of vintage items and we enjoy looking for treasures to fill Willow Valley Vintage.

This little dollhouse bed belonged to my mother and we thought it would look sweet on a dressing table repurposed as a jewelry box!

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Laetitia Hebert from Folkeshi says:

This is a Japanese wooden doll, called Kokeshi (I focused on kokeshi dolls with my vintage shop). These dolls have been handcrafted in Japan for the last 150 years, first as toys for girls, then as local hotspring village souvenirs, then as home decorations or collectibles.

This specific darling is a Sakunami doll, by Suzuki Shoji. Traditional kokeshi dolls are divised in 11 types, and Sakunami is one of them. This type enhances the elegance and shy beauty of northern Japanese girls.

Each kokeshi maker learns his trade along his master, often his father; painfully and slowly learning the lathe secrets, the brushes skills. The apprentice inherits the distinctive patterns or characteristics set by his master, and his own master before that, which means that each doll has a story build through generations.

When moving to Japan, I have fallen in love with these dolls. I like their cuteness, their uniqueness, and the idea of a craft built, taught, and learnt though generations. The wood ages very gracefully, the dyes fade with the years, and make the dolls all the more beautiful!

I go through local markets, antique fair, flea events to find them, select and identify them, and make them available to everyone.

Folkeshi

Folkeshi

Emily D from TwigandPosy says:

Hi there, I’m Em the daughter-half from Twig and Posy. My mother Deb is the other half. Welcome to our shop where vintage design meets Aussie Bush!

Our timeless and unique floral clothes and accessories for girls aged 0-6 years are made to celebrate the wonder of childhood. Sprinkle in a bit of mud and mix in equal parts outdoor adventure, play and party, there is so much to explore and it might as well be done wearing a flower crown!

We love clothing that is girly but does not restrict play, so the designs are simple and practical and can be mixed and matched. We focus on the small details that girls love, whether it be a lace cuff, a heart button, an embroidery panel, or hidden butterfly.

This size 5 (or 5T) dress is one of my favourites as it is an all seasons linen dress which can worn as is in summer or layered with a long top and tights in the winter (for those girls that never take off their dresses no matter how cold!). The dress has been made from a beautiful piece of floral vintage fabric and Deb has made some striking embroidered pockets to match, particularly good for leaf and stone collecting, or storing bits of birthday cake!

TwigandPosy

TwigandPosy

Janine from AlteredEcoDesigns says:

I started making these first as a party favor for my grand-daughter’s 2nd birthday party, it was a woodland theme, so I thought these would make a nice addition. They were such a big hit that I decided to make a few to sell in my shop, not long after introducing them, they were a chosen feature on Emmaline Bride blog. They are still a big hit for brides maids, flower girls or just for home decor, they look fantastic in galvanized vessels!

AlteredEcoDesigns

AlteredEcoDesigns

Take advantage of an opportunity today!