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

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Pastel Sparkle

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Pastel Sparkle

Okay who has some pastel sparkle We want to hear about it!

If you have Pastel items, sparkle items and a story to match, please share.

We’d love to see your Etsy items as you share the glitter, sparkle, dazzle and shine with us

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

 I love sparkly things! What woman doesn’t? These are round sparkly glittered glass domes set in antiqued brass crown settings. Turquoise is my favorite color too! Perfect for an evening out with friends or just for a weekend trip.
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Turquoise Sparkle Earrings

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 Oh yes do I have sparkle!

These sequins are gold and feature an amazing shimmer surface that sparkles in the light.

They are great for adding bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories, handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects, including jewellery. The sequins can be sewn onto fabric, canvas, leather and vinyl.

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Long Gold Sequins – craft supply

Debra Stgeorge from ItsAbracadebra says

 I definitely love sparkle!! I also love bohemian leather wrap bracelets. But, being the sparkle lover that I am, I just had to make mine shine. I am loving the light blue pastel glass pearls in this bracelet. The shiny silver toned button clasp adds extra sparkle, too. This bracelet is perfect for the Bohemian Princess who wants to shine lol!
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Beaded Leather Cuff

Carol Hansen from GardenBarn says

 Soft yellow is a perfect spring color. This is a vintage candy holder made of paper mache! Great Easter Spring decoration!
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Antique Easter Rabbit Candy Container

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 My daughter and I love the charm of vintage Gurley candles!

Fun novelty decor for the table or Spring vignettes.

This cutie is a soft pastel pink with a glittery sheen:

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Easter Bunny Candle in Basket

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

 Perfect for springtime! This sparkly necklace features an eclectic mix of repurposed vintage and new beads to give it a unique look. The colors are great for accenting this spring’s shades of greenery and pale dogwood. The touch of sparkle makes it a fun everyday accessory or sparkling accent for a special occasion or spring wedding!
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Pink Crystal Beaded Necklace

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

 This digital paper pack was fun to create! Not only did I get to make bubbles, but I got to add sparkle! Bubble art seems to be popular these days, and so is anything with glitter or sparkle. It would be fun to use this paper for greeting cards, invitations or scrapbooking!
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Digital Paper Pack

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

What is so enchanting about this Pastel Sparkle Necklace is all the interesting beads that catch your eyes – whether they are the Freshwater Pearls or Glass Pearls, Citrine, Aqua Table Glass, Seed Beads or Sea Glass, Glass Chips, Rose Quartz or even Amber Beads all have a unique feel and glow! Multi Strands of One of A Kind Fun!

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Sandy Beaches Wire Crochet Necklace Set

Christine from cwagenblass9 says

 In creating celebration items for birthdays, graduations etc.,

glitter papers and foil add that special sparkle that makes the
cake toppers, centerpieces stand out.

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Gold Happy Birthday Cake Topper

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

 Pastel pops up in window displays at clothing stores. As the sun warms up the grounds, bluebonnets start to bloom across Texas along with the birds, bees and jackrabbits bouncing about here in the country.

Easter is just around the corner. Enjoy a pretty in pink Easter bunny to your table decor with some pastel spring pink!

Easter bunny shelf sitter

Shilly Shally Jewelry from Shilly Shally Jewelry says

The sparkle and contrast of silver faceted beads against the gold hoops exemplifies understated elegance.

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Gold Filled Hoops

Cher from LooseChipsWoodWork says

 Brides and grooms sparkle when they turn around and face their loved ones for the first time as man and wife! The children on this little plate exemplify this truth with their sweet young faces filled with love in their hearts for each other and the world around them! The pastels are perfectly displayed in baby blues and pinks.

How young we are when we first fall in love!

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Precious Moments Wedding Plate

Linda B. from lindab142 says

 Druzy gemstones are hundreds of sparking little gemstones that catch the light. I’ve chosen a minimalist necklace design to let the druzy be the focal point.

Blue is such a bright and happy color for Spring/Summer and all year round. There are 2 styles for you to choose from.

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Druzy Gemstone Necklace

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

 Pink is soft but this cute sparkly print is strong too! Sparkly skulls and stars and crossbones for the cool rocker personality! Makes a great gift for teens or edgy moms!
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Sparkle Skulls Card Case

Connie from Bungalow42 says

Anklets are so flattering and flirtatious. This pastel peach chain is a delightful spring color. Add some sparkly freshwater peach pearls, light blue vintage Lucite Moonglow and tiny frosted Aurora Borealis seed beads for beach worthy perfection.

Aurora Borealis is a trade name used to describe a kind of finish that was introduced in the mid-fifties. Named after the spectacular play of the northern lights, this innovation became a success worldwide and started a fashion trend of coating stones in a variety of colors with shimmering effects.

Lucite appeared in many forms, colors and styles in jewelry as early as the 1940s. It is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic, Bakelite is another. One of the most popular forms of Lucite, Moonglow pieces look as if lit from within.

It is this quirky combination of materials that makes this a truly unique piece.

Peach pearl anklet

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says

This cute little wristlet is all dressed in her pastel colors of pink and blue. I’ve gotten so many request for anything with cute, adorable pigs and finally found a print I love.

This little beauty in all it’s pastel glory would be the highlight in your little girls eye or anyone who has a love of those colors and pigs. At least with these pigs there are no smells and you can indeed carry them anywhere you go without leaving behind a mess.

Baby pigs fabric wristlet

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says

These pastel earrings feature handmade paper beads and pastel pink seed beads which shimmer in the light. They are a beautiful summer accessory for any outfit!

Triangle earrings

 

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 Thank you everyone – a very impressive collection of sparkly pastel items.

Our frames are sometimes painted in sparkly glitter paint (that does not rub off, it’s in the paint.) This board is a good example of bright fabric paired with a turquoise glitter frame for that sparkle effect we all love.

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Sparkly Skulls Bulletin Board

Bunnies, Chicks And Lambs

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Bunnies, Chicks And Lambs

This speaks to my heart – what a furry, soft, cute, pastels and egg hunts and farms and grandparents kind of topic.. my mother had bunnies galore on our little farm. When I was in kindergarten, our class would walk over to our front yard, the kids would sit in a circle and my mom would let oodles of bunnies go, hopping to happy squealing children.

How does this springtime topic make you feel, what items in your shop relate to this theme – and when is the last time you’ve petted a soft and cuddly baby animal? We’d love to see your accompanying items and hear your stories.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

I love your story Opal!

I bet those school children will remember that “bunny encounter” forever!

These are a couple of kitschy chicks that my daughter and I found at an antique shop. We love their sticker eyes and yellow feather details.

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Easter Chick Rooster decorations

sharon stoner from Corkyfriendz says

Your Easter chick decorations are so cute Willow Valley Vintage!

I love this!! Thank you Opal for organizing!

I thought I would share my shops whimsical wine cork Easter bunny ornaments too! Spring time always reminds me of my grandma. Each Easter she would lend me one of her old Sunday hats and we would have brunch in our sunny spring dresses and Easter egg hunts down at the farm! Lots of smiles and laughter come to mind as the birdies are out chirping and the tulips come into bloom.

Cheers from Corky Friendz

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East Bunny Cork Decoration

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Spring is my favorite time of year! Bring on the bunnies, ducklings, little lambs and especially, the Easter chicks!! Their serious expressions make me think they have a lot on their little chicken minds! When my kids were small, we had a chick that peeped when you held it. Fun for the kids, not so fun on a 13 hour car ride home from Grandma’s house when you can hear the tiny chick — but you cannot find anywhere! ( And we pulled over several times to look!) PEEP, PEEP, PEEP all the way home!!

Happy Easter from Daffodil Lane Studio

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Lefton Easter Chick Decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I love the little spring lambs, but I really want to see them grow up and become sheep that eventually will supply us with beautiful yarn (I’m a knitter). These two sheep that simply stole my heart by just standing there and looking at me live in the English countryside in the beautiful Cotswolds where I think they have a good life. Wouldn’t this be a lovely spring greeting?

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Two Sheep Photo Greeting Card

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says

When we had little nieces and nephews we would hold a huge Easter egg hunt out at the farm and hide dozens of plastic eggs. All the siblings would come with their kids and we’d meet at church then afterwards our house and kids would hunt and the entire family would enjoy Easter Ham for lunch.

Here is one of the Easter baskets for sale in our shop. My wife embroidered the chicks for the liner.

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Embroidered Easter Basket

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

Remember watching the Easter specials on TV and dying eggs for the Easter Bunny as kids? Well that is one of my favorite memories of child hood especially since Easter was a holiday from school I especially remember the Easter Peep sugar overload with my brothers!

Here is one pink adorable bunny for your Easter decor!

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Easter Bunny Shelf Sitter

linda from LazyYVintage

I love the pastels and the new going to church clothes for Easter Sunday. I love the sweets and bake some petit fours and small cakes for brunch. But mostly, with everyone all cleaned up (and they clean up nicely) and dressed up, we make quite the picture of spring in Illinois. Of course, that only last long enough to take some pictures as the kids run to find hidden eggs and the adults take off ties and kick off shoes!

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Purple rabbit cake stand

RowesFlyingNeedles from RowesFlyingNeedles says

I was blessed to grow up on a farm in Iowa with a very crafty and fun loving Mom and Dad! We usually dyed our Easter eggs Saturday night watching and dancing to Lawrence Welk. Then Mom would wind our straight hair onto bristly curlers and we tried to sleep with constant pricking giving us headaches all night! We’d jump up at the crack of dawn to eat breakfast, then we searched for our Easter baskets filled with jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and special surprises. We’d get a jump rope or book or toy we wanted. The little craft/chef/tool aprons I sell were my Mom’s inspiration and they would make a great Easter gift for the littles in your life!

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Child’s Daddy’s Helper Denim Apron

Carol Hansen from GardenBarn says

I thought I would share this cute candy container from my shop It is made of paper mache, I remember getting candy filled containers as a child for Easter. This would be great to fill with treats!

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Antique easter rabbit candy container

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

I am sharing this Divided Dish. In my work I use Divided Dishes to Help people feed themselves whether weak, shaky or blind. When I saw this pottery divided dish for Easter I had to buy it to share it with Etsy Shoppers. It’s great for a child’s room, for a child to eat with it, for a Easter serving tray or Easter Display.

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Bunny Designed Glazed Dinner Dish

carriageoncherry from CarriageOnCherry says

 Spring brings a sense of renewal, a fresh new start, hope, a beginning…memories of wonderful and quality time shared with family.

As I start a new chapter in my life and commit full time to my Etsy shop, my hope is for a renewed beginning – a connection to the past and a bridge to the future.

This bunny is a new item in our shop – I have hope he will HOP into someone’s cart and fill their home with happiness and foster years of memories! xox

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Easter Bunny Decor

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

Happy Easter and Welcome Spring with this cute little chick in an egg plush beany toy and matching Easter tote with colorful eggs and chicks! A great gift for kids that is sugar free!

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Child Easter Gift

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says

Spring is my favourite time of year. From cold and grey, suddenly there is sunshine, flowers, and many baby animals. Although rabbits can be pesky if you are a gardener, they look so cute they are easy to forgive.

This sweet little rabbit will leave your flowerbeds alone, as he will be safely attached to your bag.

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Felt Bunny Bag

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Love your entries, stories and wonderful items!

As someone who loves to decorate for the Easter Holiday, I love bunnies and Easter eggs and all that goes with it. I made this wreath, created the bunny also – then almost decided to keep it.

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Easter Bunny Spring Wreath

The Secret Gardener

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

The Secret Gardener

Spring, flowers and planting/garden time.. will be here before we know it! Of all the seasons I think Spring is my favorite, the new flowers and grass – the birds singing in the trees, but planting and gardening can go on year round.

What kind of idea’s – gifts for others or yourself – does this topic bring to mind? It can be indoor gardening as well.

Practical, whimsical, down and dirty (in the dirt planting), or garden design, while wearing your favorite white outfit? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your items.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 Here in Michigan, spring is a welcome season! We have many gardens and a fish pond in our yard to enjoy. I can’t wait for the bulbs to bloom, signaling the end of winter.

A fairy garden in my kitchen window brings a pop of green to our dreary landscape. We have many tiny items in our Shop that are perfectly sized for fairy gardens.

This little bird bath is one of them:

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Birdhouse Dollhouse Miniature Fountain

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

 Spring is a noisy time of the year in our garden. The birds are competing for mates, building nests, and raising babies. The bees are buzzing in the flowers, and the frogs are singing their croaking chorus in the evening. We love to sit outdoors in the cool evening, enjoying the sights and sounds of Nature!

Our downloadable quilt block pattern features a little frog who isn’t quite sure whether the bumblebee is tasty or dangerous. This would be a fun decoration for a kitchen towel, mug rug, or spring wall hanging.

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Frog PDF Quilt Pattern

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

 Secret Garden

I love the spring season in my garden, when all plants grow up and every day we discover something new.
This year will be the third year in which I will be working intensively on a vegetable garden to provide ourselves with the whole year.
I look forward to do this.
I spend much time in my garden, and love to protect myself with one of my Sun Hats.

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Summer hat-Garden Hat

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I’m knee-deep in seed catalogs and writing in my garden journal. In addition to my vegetable garden, we plant Impatiens, vinca, geraniums, and other annuals in colorful and vintage pots. My perennial gardens are full of wildflowers that run the gamut of color and height. Butterfly gardens full of bergamot, sawtooth sunflower, shooting stars, turk cap lilies, day lilies, Easter lilies, bearded iris, and on and on.

Gardening to me is about feeding us and creating a beautiful peaceful place to relax and reconnect with yourself and your spiritual guide.

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Garden Decor Sap Bucket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 My mother was an award-winning rose gardener. The photo below was taken in her garden a year before she passed away. I’ve always wanted to grow the abundant, fragrant and colorful roses she tended in our garden growing up. I have given in to the fact that mine will never be like hers! Not enough time and too many garden animals. I want to devote more time to an edible garden. We have gorgeous wild roses growing in our garden, along with a good amount of other forest greenery that provide food for wild animals. I’m hoping that will be enough to distract them from eating the edible garden for MY table. Even with fences, though, I’m not too confident. With more than a foot of snow on the ground now in February, the deer and rabbits and fox and woodchucks will be hungry this spring.
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Pink Rose Photograph

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

 Unfortunately I have no garden, since l live in a building.

But, as l love gardening anyway, each one of the four balconies of my home is full of plants.

On the kitchen balcony l have aromatic plants, herbs, used for cooking and seasoning: basil, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, and so on.

On the other ones, a wonderful hibiscus and many succulents, as in South Italy there is always enough sun for them, even in winter.

So, to celebrate mine passion and the next spring coming, l created a wreath, completely dedicated to gardening lovers.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Gardener Wreath

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says

 I adore the small spring bulbs, whether growing wild, in a garden, or even in a window-box. Snowdrops and crocuses bring such a joyful splash of colour after the dark monochrome of winter.

By creating flowers from felt I allow small reminders of that joyful moment to be kept through the year.

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Felt Flowers Snowdrops Purse

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium says

 I love springtime! Everything is fresh and new. I like the green grass and trees and all the colorful flowers…and they always look the prettiest against the blue skies of a Oklahoma day. Sadly, my nose and eyes don’t share in this enjoyment! So I celebrate springtime inside.

We made this whimsical floral pillow cover with spring in mind. The pink and yellow flowers are just so “happy”. Our pillow cover would fit perfectly in just about any home decor setting.

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Whimsical Floral Pillow Cover

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says

 Here in Orlando, the seasons are not as defined by weather as they are in other parts of the country. You have to depend on decor to help your mind get into the spirit of the season. I created this hand embroidered Spring ornament to celebrate the flowers and birds that best represent Spring.
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Spring Hand Embroidered Pillow Ornament

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Whether you love to garden indoors or out, this adorable little water spike will help out with the amount of water needed in your house plants! We love collecting these little critters and have found them in lots of different shapes. This little guy is just in time for Easter and Spring – an adorable bunny rabbit who would like to help with your watering instead of eating your plants!
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Ceramic Bunny Water Soaker

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

I really love Spring with its promise of new life both in the plant world and in the animal kingdom!

It is such a joy to see all of the beautiful and colorful flowers growing and the leaves coming back on the trees!

Gardening indoors and out is one of my favorite things to do and I enjoy planting all manner of flowers, veggies, and small ornamental trees!

It refreshes your spirit, is good exercise, and beautifies your surroundings.

Outside of a small apartment out in the country, in Lancaster, MA, I had 3 gardens which were all different color schemes!

My neighbors loved them and my pots of pansies, golden chain and weeping Japanese ornamental trees!

I used to do experiments with growing and pollinating, and even had a corn-stalk in the house!

One garden was all peach and white, another purples and blues, and the third was red, orange, and yellow.

It was so much fun planting unique varieties of roses, tulips, irises, lilies, hyacinths, phlox, Alaskan poppies, and lots more with various natural stone garden decorations!

It is definitely something I look forward to through the long Winters in the Northeast!

Happy Gardening!

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Gardening Angel Brooch

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 Thank you everyone for your wonderful submissions! I love them all.

To me outside gardening is more for my husband but I love flowers, colors and all things springtime. I made outdoor birdhouses this month, of course, with owl lady owls hand painted on them.

Springtime and gardens are so lovely! When I worked at a local college back in my teaching days, I would visit the student gardens and spend my breaks they’re walking amidst the blooms.

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Outdoor Spring Owls Theme Birdhouse

 

The Joy Of Color

Contributor Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

As an artist I love colors of every hue, brightness, patina, neon! You name it I have used it in some aspect in an art or craft item. As a collector, I love the unique and wonderful vintage item, the older the better – in many aged woods and metals, or any combination, even plastic and fabrics!

If this topic has swept over you with magnificent rainbows, fluttering golden wings and blue-green ocean waves Please share your thoughts! We’d love to hear them and see your items.

Leila Blakely from LasLovelies says

 I have always loved the bright and bold color palette . My favorite is the rainbows I get to see from my view into the river valley below me. I have several beautiful double rainbow photos I have been able to capture. God’s handiwork and promise.

This little gal is the epitome of a rainbow. Ha! Her colorful leggings and bright multi colored cumber bun. I really don’t think anyone can get any closer to a bright and bold statement as this little doll. As much as this palette is my favorite I certainly don’t think I would be caught dead wearing an outfit like this. Ha!

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Alexander Doll Jingles

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE says

 I enjoy beautiful colors, and a cold, drab winter makes me anxious for spring when the green shoots of grass begin to appear and colorful Easter eggs can be hidden among the budding spring flowers. This gift bag is perfect for spring and for Easter gifts; it is the color of spring!
Easter, Springtime Gift Bag

Springtime Gift Bag

As an artist I love getting my hands covered in paints. I seem to paint myself as well as any piece I am working on. My favorite color is Yellow warm and relaxing. I totally get lost in colors and thoughts while painting. Painting and designing my work bring joy to my life with a slash of color to my world.
Easter egg door hanger Easter door hanger Easter Egg Spring door hanger Spring Wreath Garden stake Yard Art ©Jack Jack's Wayart

He is Risen Sign

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Soo….as an interior designer, I’m an equal opportunity COLOR lover!! There really isn’t ANY color I don’t enjoy working with! I often push folks to step away from the safe and boring ” beige” as I know they are always more thrilled with the “feeling” a color brings to an interior.

As for my ETSY work…COLOR is always critical. I like things to blend well, so I’m very “picky” about how an art piece comes together. Every addition to a piece has to be complimentary. I consider the “balance” of color throughout every work as well. Here are Holt Howard Kitties that are “Vintage Valentine’s brought to life!” Putting together a pleasing palette for this pair was fun for me!

Holt Howard Kitty Cat Valentine Decoration Vintage Japan Mid Century Modern 50's 60's Kitsch Style Whimsical Retro Holiday Figurine OOAK

Kitty Cat Valentine Decor

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Many people are afraid of color! As a designer, we love to start with a few key pieces in solids and start adding colors and textures. Most kitchens tend to have a neutral color palette and this is one of the easiest rooms to add pops and sparks of color! Start with a colorful vase, a piece of artwork or a series of colorful tea towels. It will liven up the room and your enhance your spirit!
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Vintage Tea Towel

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

 I don’t think I ever met a color I didn’t like (except maybe mustard yellow). When I find a design or pattern I like, my first inclination is to make it in every color that the fiber comes in. I have made my winter hats in all the basics – black, brown, gray, blue – and have more to work through. My favorite so far is this bright pistachio green, accented with a hint of white & gray alpaca.
Pistachio Green Russian Style Hat, Hand Knit Cossack Hat, Wool Ski Cap, Winter Toque, Warm Winter Hat, Man's or Woman's Hat, Ready to Ship

Russian Style Hat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 I love colour (even when it is not in fashion – lol) and one of my first memories of colour is looking through a kaleidoscope as a child. The patterns and colours left an imprint on my mind that I am still inspired by today.

These beads, available in a range of colours, remind me of the kaleidoscope effect because of the faceted surface which reflects colour, and look great when incorporated in jewellery, costume design , bunting, journalling and more.

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads in Blue, Green, Gold, Silver, Purple & Red Jewellery and Craft Supplies 2.2 cm x 1.1cm - lots of 20

Tear Drop Sew On Beads

Mi H from MCART30 says

 Color is magical! It tells stories hidden in a piece of art. I love all colors ranging from black and white to pastel and bold rainbow colors. I guess it depends on my mood at that moment to decide which color to use in my painting. I am thankful to be able to enjoy colors and appreciate them as much as I can.
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Cute Beaded Elephant

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Once upon a time I was completely intimidated by color. As a then Manhattanite I tended to wear black – a lot. It was not until I began to take classes in jewelry design that my eyes were opened to the endless possibilities of color. In much of my work I lean toward bright colors and unusual pairings of disparate colors. Finding vintage materials in unusual colors or color pairings is always a joy.

These three necklaces feature a trio of vintage hand painted fish with a folk art vibe in bright and interesting color combinations. The fish were originally part of a large statement necklace. The original piece had large oxidized chain links with antique brass bells and etched fish as well as four smaller plump hand painted fish which I turned into earrings. The necklace was a vintage piece that belonged to a family member but no one seems to know its origins. Reimagining that original funky strand of odd bits of vintage painted wood and metal was such fun!

Folk Art Fish Necklace

Folk Art Fish Necklace

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

 My favorite colors are that of a glorious sunrise. Pinks, blues, orange, and white, with the yellow of the sun mixed in. I made these earrings with that in mind.

Reminiscent of the colors in a desert sunrise, these earrings will be sure to start off your day in a colorful way!

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Bohemian Jewelry

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 We love to use different colors to tell a story with our listing photos. When photographing our new 7 ounce juice glasses last spring, the flowers in our yard where in full bloom and we picked the flowers in this listing photo from behind our garage. We love the way this listing came together and are looking forward to taking more pictures as soon as the flowers start to bloom.
We started offering wine and champagne glasses for the bridal party and on occasion would receive a special request for the Flower Girls and Jr. Bridesmaids so we decided to take action. At Design’s the Limit, we love custom order requests. let us know if you have any out of the box ideas, we look forward to hearing from you.
Flower Girl Personalized Juice Glasses Engraved for your Recipient with Our Bridal Party Monogram Design Options (Each - 6.75 oz.)

Flower Girl Juice Glass

Dawn Whitehandfrom DeeDeeDeesigns says

 I love colour! This charm bracelet is created from paper beads – made by myself. Glossy advertisement brochures are used to make the beads – and we all know how colourful advert mags are! So they are prefect for designing colourful paper beads.
Handmade Charm Bracelet Bright Colourful Paper Beads Recycled Vegan Jewellery

Handmade Charm Bracelet

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says

 I LOVE color – which is evident if you take a scroll through my shop! I made these pendants after being inspired by the color of a glacier I saw, which was blue even though we think of ice or snow as white. This led me to think about all of the colors that make up white light until it is bent by a prism! Hence, the “Colors of white” enameled pendants!
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Colors of White Pendant

christine from designmefab says

 I love bright colors and unusual textures in my pieces!

I have always had a flair for fashion, and design.
Something about bright, bold colors, just gives you that feel good feeling of calm and serenity.
All my creations are colorful bold and a part of my personality.
Bright, stones and fabrics, just seem to make the world a sunnier place!
I hope you love my creation!
Rainbow color stone teeth, pink turquoise Buddha’s.

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Bohemian Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 Here is a bright colorful photograph from my photography shop. Carnival or Mardi Gras season is coming up and I though this shot of the Gilles of Binche in Belgium would be perfect. I love how the photograph captures the wind blowing their white ribbons and ruffling their ostrich plumed hats. This white creates a sharp contrasts with their colorful hand stitched traditional costumes and baskets of oranges.
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Belgian Travel Photography

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

Anyone who’s been into my shop will see a riot of colour! My home is like a rainbow, rooms of blue, yellow, green, red, grey and beige all because my kids got to choose their bedroom colour and they went bright as kids do. When I saw this beautiful colourful fabric I thought perfect for a little girl’s bag!

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Little girls flower fabric purse

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

As an artist I love creating many of my pieces with vibrant colors in mind. Color to me makes even a gloomy day seem brighter!! While my favorite colors are purple, red, coral, and turquoise I will still experiment with any color to its fullest potential. As you can see in this wristlet I love many shades of color and will use just about anything to bring it to life.

In my home I have painted the walls a neutral color so that I can use vibrant colors to bring life to each room and tell the story of what they are used for which leaves my guest walking wanting to take those ideas to implement in their own homes. Yes….color is the way to express yourself to its deepest level.

Peace and Love crossbody bag

Peace and Love crossbody bag

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks says

I like to knit a bright and colorful socks. It reflects my approach to life. I believe that colors have a therapeutic effect.As a knitter I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
All my items are made with love and positive thoughts and My goal is to make you smile and bring you Joy.

Colorful hand knit wool socks

Colorful hand knit wool socks

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

Each and every item in my shop are bright and colorful and it is visible in this necklace. The beads are bright and bold and remind me of when I was a kid, little rock candies and bright-colored jawbreakers or even bubble gum that you could buy for a penny. Nowadays I don’t believe you can buy anything for a penny! A penny doesn’t go very far these days…does it!

Rainbow colored wire crochet jewelry set

Rainbow colored wire crochet jewelry set

Jerry and Opalfrom ApronStringsOwlLady says

Hello everyone, these are great examples of the joys found in color combinations.

I work mostly in pastels and when I set my shop up found myself challenged by a special order (and realizing I had limited my palette) when a customer requested bold colors of red, black and white.

My owl paper towel holder came out pretty cute!

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Owl Paper Towel in Bold Colors

Saucy And Sweet

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Saucy and Sweet

When I heard this title it immediately made me think of food, my favorite saucy and sweet chicken dish – but on second thought, there are many items in our Etsy shops that could be deemed as Saucy  or Sweet!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and can’t wait to see your items.

Thank you in advance for your submissions, Opal

Cher from LooseChipsWoodWork says

Magazine May 7th 1971 Saucy Feminist Men Like Germaine Greer Restoring Historical Savannah Mansions Viet Nam John Connally

Talk about a fun find, eh? A Saucy Feminist!

This Magazine sure sparks some memories for me… living through the sixties and all the crazies … me included! The peace marches and city park demonstrations… the patches sewn over holes in my blue jeans because they were the only ones I owned and wanted to wear until everyone started loving one another again … oh yes did I mention… living on the road and in a tent… visiting Washington DC and handing out chocolate chip cookies to everyone in front of the BIG White House… of boy… the list goes on… I guess I was kind of Saucy Feminist back then too and can relate to this cover girl …

Now I am awaiting my 65th birthday and Social Security so I can have health insurance and with #9 grand baby arriving in less a month and 4 children all way older than I was when I used to be saucy girl …
Well please have fun turning the pages of time in this magazine … I hope you like reading through the fun pages and some sad ones… remembering our brave children/soldiers as they fought, died and sort of survived the Viet Nam War Era.
Life Magazine May 7th 1971 Saucy Feminist Men Like Germaine Greer Restoring Historical Savannah Mansions Viet Nam John Connally

Vintage Life Magazine

Oh my! Cher brought memories flooding back into my mind. Those were the days as I currently watch the Trump Inauguration protests going on. It saddens me but I’m thankful I live in a country of freedom of speech.

Also the days have left of us for the freedom of wearing our furs. We are spit on and looked at with disgust. I love wearing mine still as I’m a rebel at heart. They are warm and make me feel elegant and special. I feel ‘Saucy’ and I’m ‘Sweet’ (when I want to be). This is a lovely all season short jacket for a night out or going to lunch.

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Vintage Fox Jacket

Linda from LazyYVintage says

I like sauce. I cook with a lot of different sauces and love that you can call gravy, sauce. Or sauce, gravy. From barbecue sauce to a lovely hollandaise, saucy dishes are my favorite to prepare. I think that is why I’m always on the look out for gravy boats and sauce bowls. And, when you can find the ladle with it! Well, you just have to pick that up, won’t you?

Nippon Sauce Bowl with Ladle Hand Painted Nippon Bowl with Underplate and Ladle Elegant Dining Mayonnaise or Mustard Bowl Edwardian

Nippon Sauce Bowl

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says

This bible quote is near and dear to my heart! As I have a strong faith in our Lord Jesus! I made this window frame vinyl decal as a wedding gift. For a cousin’s daughter, she love her gift. She will using it as part of her wedding decorations.

I began doing frames just a short time ago they have done well with my local customers.
Being new project bring much joy to heart!

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Song of Solomon Window Pane

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Ice Cream, Pudding, Fruit, Vegetables, Soup or Dipping Sauces are just some of the fun and delicious good eats that can be served up in these retro gold aluminum dishes! It doesn’t matter if it’s saucy or sweet – it will be a fun treat!
Retro Gold Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls - Set of 4 Pedestal Dishes - Metal Footed Dessert Dishes - 1950s Mid Century Modern - Collectible - Gift

Retro Gold Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

When I saw the sailor illustration and the text “Girls in every port,” I wondered what the message would be inside!

(I didn’t need to worry! )

This is a sweet military theme keepsake from the 40s!

Sailor Valentine "Girls In Every Port" 30s 40s Navy Love Nautical Stand Up Card

Sailor Valentine “Girls In Every Port” 30s 40s Navy Love Nautical Stand Up Card

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Can a girl alligator be saucy? The boy alligators sure think so! This “sweet” face has such a direct and inquisitive expression…I can see her thinking “Are you my LOVE, or are you my dinner??”

Alligator Figurine Vintage Valentine Salt & Pepper

Alligator Figurine Vintage Valentine Salt & Pepper

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Cooking is our second passion and working in our Etsy shop allows us to cook and entertain with the personalized touch you are looking for. We fell in love with the design of this ceramic serving tray and offer engraving with monogram in any font we have available. Custom orders are always available and we can engrave a gift message on the bottom for the personalized touch. Gift wrap and gift cards available for shipping to your recipient in style. Make your next gift a gift giving moment to remember and give a gift that can be both useful and appreciated. The unexpected gift is the gift that you design with your recipient in mind @DesignstheLimit

Have your next Superbowl party in style, we can design for any idea you have in mind.

Ceramic Appetizer Serving Platter Set with Ceramic Tray, Bowls, and Picks in an Engraved Pick Caddy

Ceramic Appetizer Serving Platter Set with Ceramic Tray, Bowls, and Picks in an Engraved Pick Caddy

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Those are indeed, saucy and sweet! Love your items and your stories..

Thank you for your submissions everyone!

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Contributor  Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

A holiday always observed on January 31st of each year, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is set aside for us to explore our own feelings, and how art of any medium affects our heart-strings – and heart.

Art of all types is embraced and appreciated for a variety of reasons – the beauty, the message, the technique – what does your heart tell you?

According to the website set aside for this day, “Of the broad spectrum of art created in the world, the pieces that move us to tears or cause us to burst out in joyous laughter remain with us for a life time. Whether we are touched through music or see into an artist soul through their work, art has the power to change us, to inspire our hearts.”

The day encourages all of us to get Inspired about art while exploring the many genres of art that inspire us individually. How will you celebrate this day – Perhaps by a visit to an art gallery, reading a good book, music appreciation, Ballet and theatrical arts, starting that masterpiece you’ve been putting off – or what we do everyday – Share our art with others here on Etsy?

Looking forward to your thoughts and comments.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

I will probably celebrate this day with a good novel followed by – ideally – an art house film…. and these can only be enjoyed with a good handmade cup filled with quality fair trade coffee or tea!
Coffee Cup Soup Mug Ceramic Handmade Pottery Matte Black Neutral Tones Tea or Hot Chocolate Cup with Generous Handle by Dawn Whitehand

Coffee Cup Soup Mug

I definitely will be reading a good book – which could be one of the many beautiful coffee table books I have on my favorite artists! I am continually inspired by great artists use of color, and strive to use color well in my enamel work. This brooch was inspired by a photo of an artist friend of mine!

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Stormy Day Brooch

Well, this day happens to be our wedding anniversary, so I like to make a hand-made card for my husband. This card is fitting in so many ways. Mixed-media hand cut candles and flames add warmth to a dark winter day. This signifies the steadfast light and love in our marriage. Making a wish and blowing out the candles so many years ago has produced my dream come true.

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Romantic Candle Card

I will make a trip to my local art museum. I love wandering around the contemporary art section; it’s such a constant source of inspiration. Hopefully, some of that inspiration will then be funneled into some new work of my own.

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Mixed Media Art

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Before tv, internet, cell phones and Twitter, people used to fill their evenings with mixed arts such music, painting, writing, or sewing – these were the Arts. This gorgeous hand embroidered double hearts pillowcase is a fine example of an art that is often overlooked today. We love to surround ourselves, and our shop, in these beautiful hand crafted linens.
Vintage Embroidered Pillowcase - Single - Pink Daisy Hearts - Love Valentines Day Sweethearts - Vintage Bedding Sheets Linens - Collectible

Vintage Embroidered Pillow case

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Hello friends, thank you for your submissions. Love all the creative and artful ideas to celebrate Inspire Your Heart with Art Day.

I am inspired everyday by the colors of my palette and will most likely enjoy this day by painting an artistic owl.

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Wooden Owl Paper Towel Holder

Thank you all this time around! Please watch for more #EtsyCIJ threads to share you thoughts and items.