What’s In Your Bag

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

I don’t know about you but I love having a nosey in other people’s bags, I don’t know why but I have always found it interesting to see what people carry around with them.
So that being said for a chance to be featured in this blog post we at CIJ would love to see pictures and know what you carry in your bag.

* What do you class as your essential items and why?
* Why do you carry what you do?
* Do you carry anything sentimental in your bag?
* Do you carry something for good luck?
* Do you carry anything that is handmade?

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; The bag itself is handmade and is sentimental because I made it with my own two hands. It is just the right size and best of all no one else has one like it. It is one-of-a-kind. It is felted wool with flower buttons. A fun purse to carry and have people say “where did you get that purse.”

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One of a kind bag

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says; I always have a small journal or notebook and a pen in my bag. Whenever I find inspiration I can jot it down and work with that later. It can function as a sketchbook as well. I can write down phone numbers and email addresses, make notes about places I want to photograph etc. A journal never needs recharging and it never “freezes” or shuts down unexpectedly – and it’s smaller than some smart phones.

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Journal

Stock Lane Studio’s from StockLaneStudio says; Yay its spring and I have officially removed the pair of hand knit gloves from my bag. So happy the weather is warming up. With that in mind, I always carry sunglasses and a bit of sun block in my bag. Snow can be blinding, so those essentials are in my bag even in the winter.
Believe it or not, I still carry real old-fashioned books. I like to read and feel this is giving my eyes a break from electronics.

I also carry a mini bag that can fold up to nothing and I can whip out when needed. Do not need anymore plastic bags!
I keep 2 zippered pouches in my bag, one for electronics and writing essentials and one for toiletries/cosmetics. What’s not in my bag: a comb or brush. Hmm, what does that say about me?

My sentimental items are the photos of my family in my wallet. And the bag itself. I’ve had it for 20 years and its been around the world with me. It’s really well made and I just love it.

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Mini Bag – fold into nothing

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says; I cannot survive without my reading glasses so I always carry it in my glasses case. It is padded to protect the glasses and makes it easy to find.

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Glass case

Cindy Blakesiee from AllThatCraftyJazz says; This is a very large bag. Would be great as a weekender bag or just to carry all the stuff you need to go to the beach!

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Large Pink Quilted Tote Bag

I would like to thank all who took part in this blog post, it was great to read all about What’s in your Bag.

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Grandparents Gifts

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

What do you give to established persons such as grand parents for a special gift, birthday or holiday? They seem to have everything they want already – or maybe you’ve sent a little spy to ask them what they want this year, or perhaps need?

Tell us your stories, we want to hear, about the special grand parents and what you have for them this year! I’d love to hear about the – lovely, useful, whimsical or other – grandparent gifts you have in your shop, those you’ve given in the past, and why you think they are the best!

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Grandparents usually do an extraordinary amount of hosting family gatherings during the Holiday season! Drinks and food galore, there are usually accidents! Take along a set of fun tartan plaid cocktail napkins, as a hostess gift, so everyone has a place to set their beverage down without ruining the furniture!
Tartan Plaid Holiday Cocktail Napkins - Set of 6 - Red Green Gold Barware Coasters - Christmas Entertaining - Gift - Vintage Table Linens

Tartan Plaid Holiday Napkins

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

 Grandparents!

I had a Grandfather when I was very small(under 5). He was mostly in the hospital so I barely remember him.
But who I consider Grandparents Are My Children’s Grandparents! MY PARENTS. Pearlsvintagebypam began as a TRIBUTE to MY Mother PEARL.
Pearl Was a Master Cook and Everything to Anyone Who Knew Her!!
THIS IS HER VINTAGE WOODEN BOWL. IT Can Replace Grandma’s Cracked Bowl. This One is Pristine.

Munising Chopping Bowl Dough Bowl Maple Hardwood Signed 11 Inch Rustic Primitive Decor Farmhouse Cottage Chic HOLIDAY GIFT

Vintage Dough Bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 This is a great topic and dear to my heart. Our family has traveled around a lot and our children have missed out on so many Christmases and Birthdays with grandparents that it breaks my heart. But we have relied heavily on video and old-fashioned cards in the mail.

I’ve designed a printable DIY gift from grandkids to grandma that even the youngest ones can contribute to. Our signs read: ‘Some of my favorite people call me Grandma’ and look great as is with a black chalkboard-style background with white and blue text and border. But it looks even better when grandkids add their special touch of coloring magic. Then grandma will know her grandchild really put her heart and soul into that gift. Our printable package includes a 5×7 file for creating a coloring postcard, an 8×10 sign, or a 14×18 inch poster that all the grandkids can help color.

We also have this sign for Grandpa, and soon to come: Grandmother, Grandfather, Oma, Opa, Abuela, Abuelo, Nana, Papa, Mamie, Papie, and more!

Christmas Gift for Grandma, Printable DIY Poster, Children's coloring card for grandmother, Favorite People Call me Grandma 5x7 8x10 14x18

Printable DIY project for Grandma

Linda from LazyYVintage says

Is Grandpa a railroad collector? This is a Rock Island Railroad red globe lantern from the 1920s. In very good condition and sure to please those that love the stories and memorabilia of railroads.

Jim’s great-grandfather Pappy Grote was an engineer on the Chicago, Elgin, Aurora line in the late 20s and 30s. His grandfather Grote worked at the Elgin Watch Factory, so Jimmy would spend his time with Grandpa Grote walking to Lord’s Park in Elgin listening to him tell stories of the railroads. One of Jim’s favorite stories was during the depression, Grandma Ruby and Great Grandma Lizzie would bring soup and bread to the rail lines to feed the men who traveled the rails looking for work. And how Pappy would try to talk them out of doing it for their own safety, but they refused. Pappy ended up adding Lizzie’s homemade cookies to the food stuffs and walked down there every evening to keep them safe. Ends up, that Pappy would end up staying and talking to the men while Lizzie and Ruby made their way back home.

Jim always drifts towards anything doing with railroads or watches. He loved his grandparents and misses them. He does his very best to be a good grandpa to his 13 grandbabies. He knows that they will also remember the stories and their life with Papa.

Rock Island Railroad Lantern Railroad Relic Memorabilia Red Globe Fixed Globe Lantern Adlake Kero 1921 to 1923 Americana

Rock Island Lantern

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

Stock lane – me too yes on the ice cream machine, my siblings and I would fight on who could crank the fastest.

I was raised by my grandparents and parents in a wonderful large extended family. I learned all about birds from my grandmother. This would make a wonderful gift to a grandparent who appreciates handmade items and one of a kind gifts.

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Wine Cork Bird House

Melissa R from missy69 says

 Grandparents are so special in our lives. My Grandma loved to watch the birds, then my Mom did, and now so do I love Humming-birds. I love to watch them all, but these little creatures are so delicate and beautiful. Maybe Grandma, or Grandpa can’t see the birds outside so well anymore. Why not give them a beautiful painting?
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Hummingbird Painting

Mariya Mukha from MariyaMukhaembroeder says

 Granny deserves an exclusive embroidery on soft eco-fabric made especially for her! These colorful and reach embroidery threads would delight your beloved grandmom for sure…All her friends would ask where did she get this. And she will be proud her grandchildren gave her such a unique gift with lots of love and care!)

Ukrainian ethnic embroidery is a traditional way to show love, to protect relatives from negative things and just to feel that someone cares much for you!

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Embroidered Women’s Shirt

Robyn from BigTRanchSoap says

 Grandparents in our family are the ones who take the time to play games with the younger ones. The time spent together over a board game or a game of Yahtzee is always very special with lots of laughs. What better way to remember these times than a set of dice soaps?
DICE SOAP - Bunco - Gambling - Vegas - Bunco Gifts - Set of 6 - Bunco Party Favors - Gift Under 10 - You Choose Scent and Color

Dice Shaped Soap

Vaishali Chudasama from NVillustration says

 I guess they like something customize here I am sharing customize gift this is fridge magnet you can get their portrait fridge magnet
Customized Character Fridge magnet / Wall Frame - Handmade - Hand painted - Laser cut - nvillustration

Customized Fridge Magnet

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says

 I think this pillow cover will be a perfect gift for a grandmother who loves roses. Most grandparents like gardening and roses happen to be their favourite flower so this I believe would be a fitting gift this Christmas or Birthday. What’s also great about this pillow cover is that these roses will never wilt. It is also padded and quilted hence extra comfort. It is a pillow cover for colour, charm and comfort.
Red Roses Patchwork Pillow Cover Size 16" by 16" Roses Cushion Cover, Cushion Covers Australia, Red Decorative pillow cover, Christmas Gifts

Red Roses Patchwork Pillow

The Story Behind Your Etsy Shop Name

Guest post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

When I decided to open a shop and start my blog, I knew I wanted to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the retina (in the eye) that has affected a few members of my family so to incorporate it, I came up with EyeLoveKnots. I don’t have many eye related or inspired items, but I do have a number of children’s items created for my little cousin’s affected by this cancer.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team share the stories behind their shop names below! Enjoy!

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says:

I grew up with my Aunt who battled depression and I’ve lost family members to depression. There was a brief moment in my life when I was spiraling towards depression. It was after my husband’s brain surgery to remove a tumour. I had to quit my job in order to take care of him and my son which affected my confidence. So when I opened my shop I wanted to create colourful items that inject energy. Adding tastefully designed colourful items can be a great mood lifter. Especially in winter when is it is gloomy and grey here in Melbourne. Imagine how nice it would be to come home and find a room that is inviting.

AddaSplashofColour

AddaSplashofColour

Alison Kelly from DelanoDesignsHome says:

Delano is a family name and when I was having trouble thinking of what to call my business my daughter suggested Delano Designs. The Delano part of the family was very creative so it seemed like a great way to honor my family and I like how it sounds. Here is one of my newer blankets.

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DelanoDesignsHome

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Hi, I’m Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA! My sister, Susan, and I design whimsical and unique quilt patterns

Our shop name came from our maiden name “Passmore”, along with the nickname that my brother-in-law used for my sister, “Ms P”. When we decided to pursue our dream of having a quilt pattern design business, we added the word “Designs” to her nickname, and then “USA” to the end of our name.

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MsPDesignsUSA

Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals says:

When we first started out our business name was Ivy & Em (our nicknames). We make jewelry, home wares and accessories through re-purposing old bicycle parts into fun and functional designs – we’re also (as you’ve probably already guessed) slightly obsessed with bicycles.

As our business grew we felt we needed to have something that reflected our brand, the products we make and our story a little more… we decided on Tread & Pedals.

We use the tread of bicycle tyres to make our belts and we pedal our wares – we also make wheelie cool clocks (and love puns, especially cycling related).

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treadandpedals

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

Emma Kay is actually my middle name. The Kay comes from my Aunty – it is also her middle name. My mum gave it to me when I was born.

I chose the Emma part. I chose it when I was 8 years old. My step dad was adopting me legally. Mum asked me if I wanted to change anything about my name, since we were going through all the paper work anyway. I asked to add Emma.

Singer-songwriter Bon Iver made an album called ‘For Emma, Forever Ago‘. I heard it for the first time on a friend’s old Toyota’s car stereo during a road trip from Sydney to Canberra during autumn – clear blue skies, multi-coloured leaves, a chance to get to know one another better.

I’ve listened to the album many times since then, but could barely tell you what the lyrics are. I listen to the melodies and the slow rhythms. Its an album I put on when I need to sooth myself.

One of the songs on the album is called ‘For Emma’. Bon Iver has described Emma as “an elusive subject… Emma is a statement, a sentiment and a closing of my own history.”

He elaborated further in another interview: “Emma isn’t a person…Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma’s a pain that you can’t erase.”

His words resonate with me. I agree that Emma is a feeling. But Emma to me is not pain so much as sentiment. Longing and loss. A moment from childhood that flashes through your mind before you can catch it all.

I don’t want to erase Emma. I want to keep it. Hold it close. I want to curl up with it on the lounge while I gaze out of the window and reflect on days past.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

Jack Jack’s Wayart came to be in part my nick name is Jack Jack the Way art come as my style of art. So I put the two words a one Wayart.

It took me some time to decide on a name one day it just came to me. I like my shop name it just fits

My shop offers custom design one of a kind door decor. Me.

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JackJacksWayart

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We developed our concept before we chose a name for our business and when it came to choosing our name it was difficult. When you specialize in offering designs and accepting custom orders for inspired designs, we needed a name which described the concept of our endeavor. Combining The Sky is the Limit with Graphic Design Artwork, Design’s the Limit was born. We couldn’t find any other businesses with our name, so we purchased the domain and registered a trademark for our business. We welcome custom design requests and as we say, “We can design for any ideas you have in mind!”

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My shop name came about because after earning my Doctorate in 2009 my partner started calling me DD (Doctor Dawn), so this eventually translated into DeeDee, ergo DeeDeeDeesigns!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Tammy Richardson from VintageCastaways says:

My animal rescue is called Castawayacres that is what I named my shop to start out with. As I use a lot of my profits from the shop to help buy food and pay vet bills on the animals I rescue.

I have a few months back changed the name to VintageCastaways to give it more of a feel for what I sell.

That is how I became VintageCastaways.

VintageCastaways

VintageCastaways

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

I have an antique booth that I started out with first, so I really didn’t have a name for it.

I decided I wanted to go online and really try this avenue and make it a success.

My husband came up with my shop name. He used my name and said since I search out items for my shop then I am selecting vintage items and salvaging them from garage sales, estate sales, and others.

I really like it and the alliteration, he loves alliterations so go figure.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I named my shop after my father in law who passed away. I opened it to help me deal with my grief and to keep his memory alive. He was a special guy.

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SuesAkornShop

Jennifer from CocoaDragonfly says:

I’m not sure I like it anymore, but “CocoaDragonfly” comes from our first rabbit, Cocoa, and our many dragonflies here. I like it, until I say it out loud!

CocoaDragonfly

CocoaDragonfly

Liesbeth Visscher from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says:

First it was Zathura. I was thinking of a catchy name but i realized I had to make something that can relate to my handmade jewelry.

So, one evening i was Just Having Fun With Beads And Findings and so JHFWBeadsAndFindings was born!

And this was the necklace i was making that evening.

JHFWBeadsAndFindings

JHFWBeadsAndFindings

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

This is going to totally sound corny compared to all your stories, because all of you have put such important meaning into your shop names, and mine was sort of an accident.

My legal business name has been Sachs Design since 1999 – hence my last name is Sachs (pronounced SAX) I really wanted to get vanity tags for my car one year with my business name on them but I couldn’t fit all the letters so I figured out that I could do:

SAX D SIGN

and squished them all together – and there ya go – it evolved into Saxdsign

I have since moved (13 years ago) and those old tags had to be turned in. Maryland doesn’t offer that many spaces on their plates so I have different tags now, but kept SAXDSIGN as a brand now.

See not very exciting!

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saxdsign

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says:

When we first opened everything listed was toys and all were from the 1970’s easy way to find us. Since then we’ve added some collectibles. Seems easy to remember when searching online too. Pretty oldies but goodies available for a fun era in history.

toysfrom70s

toysfrom70s

Member Feature: AddaSplashofColour

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Edna of AddaSplashofColour, our featured member!

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AddaSplashofColour

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Colombo with my aunt, whom I call my mother. She was a dressmaker, hence I learnt to sew by watching her. She fashioned beautiful ball-gowns from which I learnt to admire the beauty of embroidery. Although hand embroidery is my first love I learnt machine embroidery as well at a local sewing school. This also gave me the opportunity to learn about fabrics and fashion. Sewing, embroidery and fashion have been my passion since then. In 1996 I migrated to Australia after my marriage in 1995. In 2002, my husband underwent brain surgery to remove a benign brain tumour, which was one of the lowest points in my life. Due to my husband’s surgery, and since I had to care for my baby son, I could not return to work, and this eroded my confidence. In 2007 I returned to work but my family did not cope with it hence I decided to quit again and be a stay-at-home mum until 2013.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

In 2013 I decided to return to work however due to GFC I was unable to find suitable work. It was then a friend who knew my passion for sewing recommended Etsy and my family encouraged me to open a shop. At first, I was hesitant because making handmade items for friends and family is one thing but selling is another. However, now, I am glad that I did because thanks to Etsy I am able to pursue my passion and be with like-minded people.  Also thanks to all those who bought my items and left positive feedback, I have decided to work full-time this year.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My products are all about injecting energy to people’s’ wardrobes and their homes with tastefully designed colourful accessories, bags, and home decor. Colour equals energy hence it is a great mood lifter. Especially in winter when it is grey and gloomy adding a touch of colour can enhance our outfits. Add a few colourful pillow covers to your living room and it will give an instant lift and create an inviting place where you will want to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. A drab outfit can turn glamorous by adding a touch of colour.  Such is the power of colour. I also like to add embroidery to enhance the beauty of an item. Embroidery turns an ordinary item into something special.  Embroidery is time-consuming, but I find it therapeutic.AddaSplashofColour1

What inspires your work?

I take my inspiration from the nature, from what I see on TV and from what I read. I love history and I am a big fan of the elaborately embroidered gowns of the queens and the princesses. Whilst we may not wear such clothing these days I like to capture some of that beauty in the items I make. Also the feedback I have received from my customers and the beauty of the finished product inspires me to keep going.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

The goal for this year is to add more items, work on my photographs and promote my shop. As for the future, I would love to see my products hit shelves of the leading department stores one day. I would also like to see more people appreciate the beauty of handmade items, especially those with embroidery. I want to make this business successful so that my son can be proud of his mum.AddaSplashofColour2

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Whilst my products have a great finish and quality they are tastefully designed colourful items. One of the most popular comments I’ve received from fellow sellers and buyers alike is that my shop is very colourful. One customer said that the items in my shop our so beautiful, she wishes she could buy the entire shop.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

Since my husband is sensitive to noise I decided to give him the study and turn one of the dining rooms into my studio. This dining room is part of the living room hence I am forced to keep it tidy. I also get to admire my rose garden from where I work so it is nice.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Wish I knew that it takes a long time to become successful on Etsy. Anyone who decides to open a shop needs lots of patients. Just having a great item alone does not make you successful. They also need to learn the basic skills in photography and editing before opening a shop. It is all about presentation. I also knew nothing about treasuries and tags so it has been a huge learning curve for me. However once you master these and if you are willing to work hard it is rewarding.AddaSplashofColour3

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Etsy is not just an outlet to make extra cash like eBay. It is a real business and you should be willing to work hard and most of all you got to have patients. Always willing to learn from others and be willing to help other sellers as well. If not for the several teams that I am a member of I would have quit Etsy by now.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I love gardening, listening to music, bird watching, reading and playing WII games with my son. Most of my items have a floral theme because I love flowers.

What is your favorite quote?

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”- Prof. Stephen Hawking

Where can people find out more about your business?

You can learn more about me from my shop ‘About Page’ and from my various social media pages. Connect with me via all or either of these pages to stay updated about new items and specials. Thanks and love to see you there!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HandmadebyEdna
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/HomeofColour
Instagram: https://instagram.com/addsplashofcolour
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/addasplashofcolour

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I can personalize your items with hand embroidery on custom orders. So if you want to make that gift extra special by personalizing it, please feel free to contact me. I do not charge extra for designing.AddaSplashofColour4

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