Let Wedding Season Begin

Contributor post by Nancy from JaysBoutiqueCrochet

Wedding season is just around the corner! Whether it is your big day or you are helping a friend or family member plan their wedding, we know how overwhelming the details can be. Luckily, your Christmas in July team is here to help, with this compilation of beautiful and unique products that can be the perfect finishing touch for that memorable day.

We would love to hear what Etsy items you have used in the past for weddings, or what wedding-geared items you have in your shop! But in the meantime, here are some products from our team members that will make your wedding that much more beautiful and meaningful!

It all starts long before the actual wedding day, of course, and StockLaneStudio has you covered. What better way to ask your bridal party to be a part of your special day than with these fun invitations? The owner says:

“I absolutely love weddings – just a wonderful feeling of hope and happiness and giddy blissful love. I really enjoyed designing SLS’s pink bubbly wedding party cards. I think they present a fun way to ask loved ones to be party of the wedding party. And apparently I’m not the only one. Here’s a nice comment from one happy bride:

“Loved this! Such a cute, different way to ask my best friend to play an important role in my wedding. Thank you!!!”‘

 

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam offers us the perfect petticoat – an old-fashioned yet undeniably fun touch! This particular petticoat is made for a slim bride but seems to be adjustable and flexible regarding the amount of flare! She says:

“This is a great Slip/Petticoat Undergarment for the Bride. It Flares as much or little as need be. It has never been worn!”

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Petticoat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies suggested her flower acrylic beads as the perfect supply to have on hand during wedding season, and how right is she! These beads are not only inexpensive, but they are versatile and match just about everything! She says:

“These clear flower beads are perfect to embellish wedding or bridesmaids dresses, table decor, wedding bunting, bouquets and jewelry….”

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WillowValleyVintage offers many beautiful decorations for your wedding day, including figurines, tissue paper novelties, and more! I love that all of these items are not necessarily expected to be at a wedding (no one would notice if they were not there) but they are a surprising and lovely touch that show a particular attention to detail and a true desire to make this day perfect. The owner shared with us this lovely stereoview card:

“This is a stereoview card from the early 1900s. It has a 3D effect when used with a stereoscope–similar to View-Master toys of today. We love all the pretty details and guests waiting in the background of the scene!”

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Antique wedding stereoview

No discussion of weddings would be complete without a mention of the wedding dress itself! Cynthia from StraylightVintage offers an absolutely stunning array of clothes, but obviously the shop section we are most interested in here is the Vintage Wedding Dress section! Cynthia shared this darling (and incredibly affordable!!) wedding dress with a personal story:

“Sweet wedding dress worn one time ….by my aunt in the early 1950’s.”

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1950s wedding dress

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs thinks every bride should have a beautiful pair of Vintage Faux Pearl Clip Earrings, an ideal accessory for the retro Bride! These lovely earrings remind me of the ones worn by my Aunt on her wedding day back in 1962 – I was her Flower Girl!

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Every bride and groom want something extra special to gift to their flower girl, bridesmaids and other special people and Richard and Tatiana of DesignstheLimit have four shop sections devoted to Weddings Year Round! Our Wedding Registry Gifts also make great Anniversary Gifts and we can include an established date or any other requests! We have one section for groomsman, one for bridesmaids, and a section devoted to toasting flute and ceremony sets. We specialize in graphic design to gift wrap comprehensive wedding gift services and gifts for every gift giving opportunity! Get social @DesignstheLimit & Keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions! At Design’s the Limit, we find our niche and scratch it! We wanted to offer a gift option for junior bridesmaids and flower girls and have created our Personalized Juice Glass listing so that everyone can be included! These seven ounce juice glasses also make the best first glass for children and can be engraved with any name, monogram, or other request @DesignstheLimit.

Flower girl personalized juice glasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love birds are often given to brides and grooms as a symbol of true love. Dorota from YOrnaments explains how

Love Birds marry for life – that is why they are a perfect symbol of harmonious marriage.

I love watching the birds nesting in my garden. They inspire me to create my Love Birds Ornaments. I am hoping that a pair of my birds will fly to decorate some rustic wedding table … and maybe later become a little ornamental keepsake for Bride and Groom.

I use beautiful textiles to inject patterns and colors into my felt creations. The photos were taken in my garden. Happy Nesting!

Couples gift love birds

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Some couples who are religious in nature might think about giving their special people these Love Scripture Cards made by Sarah from BellaBoutique23. They have been used by several brides that have given them to guests for their wedding favors. They include scriptures about love and on the back they have a special prayer that goes with the scripture. They also make a nice gift for the Bride and Groom. I have Faith, Hope, and Love themed scripture cards and put together they would make a lovely unique gift. “And Now Abideth Faith, Hope, and Love, these three, but the Greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13.

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There is always a need for  ceramic square white dishes made by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns. These are ideal for weddings in many ways…. they can be used as candle holders on tables, bridesmaids gifts, parents of the bride & groom gifts, guest gifts and even name holders.

As gifts they will be a lasting reminder to the recipient and can be personalized if desired.

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We must not forget our destination wedding loving couples! Connie from Bungalow42 says Beach wedding perfect!

It is said that the color coral gives a sense of calm and warmth. Two things I would definitely recommend for all brides!

These lightweight pearl earrings are so light and airy that they appear be floating. The luminous light coral freshwater nugget pearls will make any bride glow with happiness on her special day.

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Hand knotted freshwater pearl earrings

And finally, one of the items in my own shop, JaysBoutiqueCrochet, that I can’t resist sharing because of its sweet story! A few years ago a soon-to-be bride approached me asking if I would make her some ivory slippers to wear in her wedding! I was absolutely honored to have my creations featured on her special day – but it got even better! She loved the slippers I sent her, and messaged me again asking if I would make slippers for each of her bridesmaids, with buttons to match their bridesmaid dresses. Of course, I was thrilled and sent off eight more pairs of ivory slippers! Here are some of them (can you pick out the ones meant for the bride?)

We dearly love seeing your wedding-themed products, and especially hearing your personal stories! Thank you to all who contributed, and please feel free to comment with wedding products in your store or stories of how Etsy products were featured in weddings that you have been part of!

Christmas In July – Savings Weekend

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The Etsy Christmas in July Team has come together with some awesome savings from over 20 shops. There are many types of shops for you to receive savings on during this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! To see what discounts the shops are offering, please click on each banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

ACCESSORIES

BellaBolsaDesigns

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Coupon Code: BLCKFRI2016

10% off  everything

Valid Dates: Good through 11/27

DesignsbyCristal

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Spend $25.00 or more

Valid Dates: 11/24 – 11/27

Metaville

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29 (NZ time)

Melissas Menagerie of Stuff

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Coupon Code: No code needed

Free shipping on all domestic orders of 35 dollars or more

Valid Dates: Now until 1/1

CARDS & MORE

 BellaBoutique

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Coupon Code: Holiday16

15% off in stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 11/30

ColourscapeStudios

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Coupon Code: No code needed

30% off all prints, 10% off all gift tags and mini cards.

Valid Dates: Now until midnight 11/27(Brisbane, Australia local time)

DesignsbyCnC

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Coupon Code: No code needed

15% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/21 – 11/29

StockLaneStudio

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Coupon Code: 1FreeCARD

Buy 4 CARDS get 1 Free ($4.50 off)

Valid Dates: No expiration

CLOTHING

EthicalInfant

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Coupon Code: Thankful2016

20% off everything

Valid Dates: 11/23 − 11/30

and

Coupon Code: Cyber20

20% off everything

Valid Dates:  11/29

Knitwoolsocks

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Coupon Code: FREESH16

free shipping for orders over $45.00

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

HOME DECOR

Corkycrafts

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Coupon Code: Clauscostcutter1

10% off any $10.00 purchase

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/25

DesignstheLimit

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/22 – 11/27

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

12% Off Any Purchase Over $25.00

Valid Dates: 11/27 – 11/30

SpoiledFelinesArt

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Coupon Code: Coupon1

10% off In-stock items

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/31

SuesAkornShop

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Coupon Code: TENOFF

10% off storewide

Valid Dates: No expiration

and Coupon Code: 10OFF

Save 10% on orders over $10

Valid Dates: No expiration

TheGiftBasketry

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Coupon Code: MCDEC2016

20% off orders over $50

Valid Dates: Good thru 12/1

JEWELERY

acbeadsjewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

50% off everything

Valid Dates: Good thru 1/1

AliciasFindings

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Coupon Code: BF2016

10% off

Valid Dates: Valid til 11/26

and

Coupon Code: CM2016

10 % off

Valid Dates: valid til 11/29

beadloverskorner

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Coupon Code: CYBERSALE

30% off

Valid Dates: 11/24/2016-12/1/2016

epicetera

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Coupon Code: BF2016

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25 – 11/29

EponasCrystals

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Coupon Code:  SHIPFORFREE50

Free shipping on orders over $50

Valid Dates: No expiration

EveryoneLovesGifts0

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Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: No expiration

and

Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY15

Everything off with min spend of £3.99

Valid Dates: 11/29

LSBJewellery

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Coupon Code: No code needed

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/25-11/29

VINTAGE

LazyYVintage

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Coupon Code: CHRISTMASSALE20

20% off

Valid Dates: 11/23-12/24

LBscrapboutique

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Coupon Code: CYBER20

20% off

11/25-11/29

Happy Thanksgiving to all from all of us!

Thank You For Coming To #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good night everyone! Thank you for joining us today for #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun day!

It was a party in the streets of our blog! The streets were shut down and their tents were up and ready to showcase their unique items for you.

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops were here for you and they are loved interacting with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 was individually introduced so please look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop!

 

1. madhurab / Qforquilts / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Sarah Johnson / BellaBoutique23CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Shelly / ShellysSelectSalvageCIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Sylvette Marie / thedoggiehouseCIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Deborah Ruggiero / DesignDimensionsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Suzy Tomlinson / WillowsAndMoreCIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Julie Siomacco / SouthernCharmWreathsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. toysfrom70s / toysfrom70sCIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. beverly / Knit360five / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Becky / LollysCubbyHoleCIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. rufflesandbowties / rufflesandbowtiesCIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Kasia / CraftLoveNatureCIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3!

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 – BellaBoutique23

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 Shop – Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23

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1. What is name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

The name of my shop is BellaBoutique23 and I named my shop after my sweet Golden Retriever Bella. I have unique scrapbooks, greeting cards, scripture cards in my shop and what makes my items unique is the special attention to detail. I love to make my items intricate and put lovely details in the designs and I love to please my customers by putting love and as much perfection as I can in my products.

2. What is your favorite July activity where you live?

My favorite activity in July is getting together with family. This is the month that I see nieces and nephews, have barbeques with family, go to the family cabin and enjoy the lakes and walks in the wilderness listening to the birds and seeing other wildlife. It brings joy and peace!

3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I have always wanted to travel to Africa! I would absolutely love to go on an African safari. Animals bring me great joy and I find them amazing, they are such a wonderful creation.

4. Who do you most admire in life?

I most admire my parents. They adopted me and have shown me such unconditional love and support. They have given so much and showed me God’s love in so many ways through their selfless giving.

5. What is a skill you’d like to learn and why?

The skill I have always wanted to learn is to play the violin or the cello. I love the sound of string instruments when I go and listen to a symphony I find them so beautiful and would love to be good enough to play in a symphony someday!

6. What are your social media sites?

Twitter: twitter.com/praise232
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/BellaBoutique23/303936406444684
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/humprey232/bellaboutique23
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sarahsbellaboutique23/

Welcome To #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are thrilled about our second annual #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets are shut down and your tents are up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

We have a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member shops for you to get to know. These shops are here for you and they are looking to interact with you here on our blog!

Each shop at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3 2016 will be individually introduced so please check in throughout the day to look in their tent, get to know them and shop!

Christmas In July Team

Christmas In July Team

Now let’s shop

1. madhurab / Qforquilts / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

2. Sarah Johnson / BellaBoutique23CIJPopUpMarket Tent

3. Shelly / ShellysSelectSalvageCIJPopUpMarket Tent

4. Sylvette Marie / thedoggiehouseCIJPopUpMarket Tent

5. Deborah Ruggiero / DesignDimensionsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

6. Suzy Tomlinson / WillowsAndMoreCIJPopUpMarket Tent

7. Julie Siomacco / SouthernCharmWreathsCIJPopUpMarket Tent

8. toysfrom70s / toysfrom70sCIJPopUpMarket Tent

9. beverly / Knit360five / CIJPopUpMarket Tent

10. Becky / LollysCubbyHoleCIJPopUpMarket Tent

11. rufflesandbowties / rufflesandbowtiesCIJPopUpMarket Tent

12. Kasia / CraftLoveNatureCIJPopUpMarket Tent

Please use #CIJPopUpMarket on social media as you visit all the fabulous shops today!

Thank you so much for joining us at our #CIJPopUpMarket #3!

Teacher Appreciation Day

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

Teaching is a time-honored profession dating back to the learned men of ancient times.  Priests and prophets taught children of the wealthy and noble the skills to take up their roles as leaders and businessmen. The priests’ position was elevated above many strata of society, and they were treated accordingly for their knowledge and wisdom. Teacher appreciation was a widespread feeling, and respect for teachers was proportional to their high value in those societies.

In 1944, our political and education leaders discussed the need for a national day to honor teachers.  It was not until 1953 that a National Teacher Day was proclaimed by the 81st Congress after some persuasion by Eleanor Roosevelt.   Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day.

The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.  The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.  National Teacher Day is an “unofficial” National holiday.  This year National Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on Tuesday, May 3.

Teachers are the unsung superheroes of our lives today.  Every day they not only educate, but also support and inspire millions of children.  Their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

It is the perfect time to say “thank you” to the special teachers that you know.  Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do and for the difference they make in our lives.

The members of The Christmas In July Team have come together to salute our teachers with lovely gift ideas to let them know just how much they are appreciated.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls shared this story:

I used to have a band teacher who called every one of the girls, “Gracie”.  He was great!  A pillar of patience and encouragement to do better.  What fun it was to be in his band class!  There are many of us who would love to present a lovely gift to a teacher that has made an impact on our lives!

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Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet had this response:

Most of my favorite teachers were English teachers which was lucky because I’m math minded.  Those English teachers really seemed excited about their job and took personal interest in their students.  They also explained things simply for those of us like me who had a tough time wrapping our minds around word creativity.  I would love to give them one of my Owl Mug Cozies with a nice coffee mug as I believe a little caffeine every day helps to keep the mind sharp.

Crochet Owl Mug Cozy

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said this:

I’m a former teacher and have witnessed and participated in a wide variety of teaching a learning styles from around the world.  I’ve had loads of favorite (and well, yes, not so favorite) teachers myself, but some of my favorite teachers are the ones who taught my own children.  A few of them really stand out because of the care and interest they showed in making sure my child succeeded and learned to manage my child’s special needs in the classroom and how to even adapt the classroom to her special needs.  We spent many hours discussing ways to make things work and they were always positive and caring.

Here’s a printable motivational QUIET sign that celebrates all the amazing things teachers and kids are doing in their classrooms.  Sometimes it’s important to make a lot of noise in class, sometimes students need to concentrate in silence.

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

My favorite teacher was my fourth grade teacher.  He was a wonderful, very tall man who never raised his voice (which was still pretty common in the 60’s).  He taught us a lot about life, how some things are more important than others – like being kind, considerate and helpful.  My class was very diverse with kids from your typical middle class family and a high percentage from way poorer families.  He managed to get us all in the same boat, work together and respect each other.  He was a true teacher for life who taught me the most valuable lessons.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit had this to say:

Even though we always recommend pre-planning a personalized gift to our customers, we often find ourselves scrambling to get our daughters teachers a gift for appreciation day, Christmas, and at the end of the year.  These pens are perfect as they do not take long to complete! We will offer free rush order for the following pens for anyone looking for a last-minute gift with a personalized touch for their children’s teachers this year.

Designs Personalized Metal Ballpoint Pen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 responded:

It is hard to pick just one, I had so many teachers that were very influential in my life.  Mrs. Curtis and Mrs Thorne were two that really stick out and even became friends as I got older.  It was really neat because I ended up becoming a teacher and worked in the same school with them.  Mrs. Curtis was the principal at the school at which I worked.  They both continued to come along side me as an adult and mentored me.  I hope as a music teacher I had the same impact as they have had on my life.

Music Teacher Thank Note Card Set

Buttercup – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2016 is Buttercup.

While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup, designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.FCRS16-Footer-PCI-LogoMembers of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team have many Buttercup items in their shops! Here are a few!

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

This is my Buttercup Mini Album made from Authentique Paper line Classique Beauty with lovely florals and very feminine. This would make a wonderful Wedding Gift or perfect Mother’s Day Gift to place photos and journal moments with your Mom.

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna:

What is better than flowers for spring? Buttercup yellow is the perfect spring accent to brighten up your home and garden for spring! This colorful sun catcher and mobile was inspired by the repurposed flower pendant. It made me think of flowers for spring which prompted me to think of spring colors. The buttercup yellow recycled earring was perfect for the center and catches the eye!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Buttercup, what a spring color!

l do love flowers, of any kind and in any season of the year.

The last days l was enchanted and inspired by a bunch of yellow tulips. So my brand new spring wreath was born.

With this tulips wreath you’ll breathe the fresh spring air, which will prolong all over the summer.

The white wicker base, the yellow flowers and the most life-like tulips leaves l have ever seen give a definitely sense of freshness.

The unique design of this spring wreath is characterized by a round green element, standing out from a rich natural raffia bow.

It will be a front door spring wreath no one else can have, such as a lovely porch decor too: a unique home accent.
It also represents a great gift idea for a refined woman or a unique housewarming gift.

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Ghirlandiamo

Connie Lee from Bungalow42:

I think I was mourning the end of the television series Mad Men when I was working on this anklet design.

There is a definite mod vibe to this colorful anklet with opaque yellow pyramids, orange/clear glass buttons and aqua daggers. Not to worry, no blood will be drawn from these little daggers. The edges are smooth and rounded. One of my rules for anklets is that they are comfortable enough to wear 24/7. I always test drive the anklet designs which has admittedly resulted in some funny morning observations of skin indentations from the not so successful designs.

If you look closely at the pyramids you will see the Illuminati eye at its center. Conspiracy theorist abound but I just keep thinking the little eye will wink if I stare at it long enough.

The sixties influenced anklet is anchored by a delicate but sturdy plastic chain in a happy shade of buttercup yellow. Quality plastic chain with delicate links and a nod to Bakelite is a rare find.

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Bungalow42