Floral Fantasy

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

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

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

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

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

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

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

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

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

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Wasabi Flower Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says

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

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts says

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

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

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Needle Felted Gnome

Linda from LazyYVintage says

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

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

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Vintage Milk Glass Bowl

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I love daisies!!

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

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Daisy Dog Collar

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

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

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

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Ceramic Flower Ring

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

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

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

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

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

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

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

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

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Gorgeous Peony Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

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

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

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

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

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

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

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

Blue and White Flowered Brace

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

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

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

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

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Colorful Owl Plush Bulletin Board

Favourite Items You Have Made

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0.

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

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

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

Printable Mother’s Day card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Deep Carved Crystal Decanter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Bathroom towel sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Folding stool or side table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Custom quote digital sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Julie

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

Nature Gifts

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Spring is nearly upon us followed by the lovely summer months. I love this time of year with the sun shining on our faces, it makes us all happy. But it is also a time to take notice of nature around us, nature can be of trees, flowers or nature animals themselves.

Here at CIJ we want to know what gifts you have that reflect the theme ‘nature’ and tell us a little about your gift.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says: This necklace is made from clay, which is from the Earth, and features two pendants in the shape of leaves. The leaves were smoke fired in a bonfire using tree branches, leaves and various other natural materials, such as pine cones.

So this necklace certainly is of and from nature!

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Clay Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: No matter how old I am, I’ll always love collecting rocks. The image for this zipper pouch was taken on a rock hunt on the coast of Maine. Perfect vessel for our skipping rocks.

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Zippered pouch

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says: This little hand embroidered ornament represents the nature of Spring in a fun colorful way. Flowers blooming and a bird (which I imagine chirping) brings thoughts of warmer weather.

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Hand Embroidered Ornament

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says: The spring time illustration is by Gertrud Mierendorff is pretty enough to frame!

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German postcard featuring a tabby cat in a field of flowers

Diana from JolieFemmeByDiana says: Forest Fun is the theme of this little tote with a plush squirrel and covered with mushrooms. Spring is a good time to get out and hike in nature and look at animals and plants in wild places.

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Plush squirrel covered with mushrooms

Flower Power Showers from FlowerPowerShowers says: I make outdoor showers that look like flowers and other metal flower yard stakes.

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Outdoor Showers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says: We are enjoying the first signs of spring and have a number of flowers blooming in the yard. Our magnolia has just bloomed and we picked all of the flowers in our newest bridal listings. Time to start gardening and the best way to relax after a hot day in the yard is with a cold ice tea!

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Sand-Carved Decanter

The perfect Mother’s Day gift, we sand-carve our decanters and this decanter is perfect for ice tea, sangria, or any beverage you wish to serve in style! Choose from our designs and available font selection and have your order gift wrapped for shipping direct to your recipient @DesignstheLimit

Debbie Haward from HollyBeeandCompany says: We make Wooden home decor. One of our favorite items is our Mountain pieces. We use an all natural homemade earth pigment stain. We also make these as custom order by size and design.

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Wooden Mountain Decor

Heatherleanne from MississippiMayhem says: Here at Mississippi Mayhem, I started creating floral anatomy embroideries. The most recent one I’ve completed is a lung piece.

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Floral Anatomy Embroideries

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says: I’m ready for warmer weather with flowers and butterflies! These butterfly earrings are made of turquoise magnesite with colorful bead accents.

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Butterfly Earrings

Stacy from LilacHouseFlorals says, Celebrate the beauty of spring with an elegant hydrangea wreath for your front door!

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Elegant Door Wreath

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says, For me, the ocean is one of the big forces of nature. I am lucky to live close by the Pacific Ocean and whenever I spend time at the coast I am captivated by its stunning beauty. A walk on the beach shows me all the treasures nature has to offer right here: driftwood, shells, sand dollars, algae, small crabs.

This mixed media painting was inspired by the interestingly shaped piece of driftwood I found at one of our beaches. Everything else evolved around it. I added some shells and a sea star as well. The quote by Kate Chopin was the final touch and fits perfectly.

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Painting of Driftwood

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says, Spring is time for trees to bloom new leaves and flowers.
It’s also a time for enjoying sunshine and warmer temps.
A time for planting flowers. Texas is known for wildflowers along the highways. We also offer them as wedding favors too.

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Beautiful Flowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says: Spring and Summer sees the emergence of Ladybirds, and these Ladybird charms are perfect for creating spring jewellery, keychains or a wide variety of crafts!

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Ladybird Charms

Holistichem from Holistichem says: Our bracelet features a natural Lava Stone charm. Lava Stone is formed from magma erupted from a volcano, so you can have a little bit of nature hanging from your wrist!

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Natural Lava Stone Charm Bracelet

Linda from LazyYVintage says: The life of a farmer is about nature. And, this cute Precious Moments plate is called, “I Believe in Miracles.” The miracle of life and nature are one in the same. As we continue through our lives and adventures remember to take the time to enjoy nature and all its wonders.

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Precious Moments plate; “I Believe in Miracles”

Christine from cwagenblass9 says; Things in nature have always been an inspiration to me like the patterns and colors of flowers and butterflies.

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Flowers and Butterflies

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; As a gift, one could print up a few of these ladybugs and flowers mini-notecards and tie them up with a ribbon. What says nature more than bugs and flowers?

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Ladybugs, Flowers Mini Notecards

Kristen from KestrelCollection says; Great as a gift or for yourself this red and pink floral motif necklace is a way to wear a little spring time nature. I love to see my floral jewelry worn by the fairies at the city renissance festival.

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Motif Necklace

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; What more fun in the springtime than to go fishing down by the lake? I had the privilege when I was growing up to have my very own lake so boy oh boy the stories I can tell of the fish I caught!

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Spring time bracelet

Barbara from MermaidsHatBox says; I love the spring, when in my garden the flowers begin to sprout.
My garden is a little bit chaotic. I have hardly a plan and plant where I find place. So it is often a surprise in the spring, where some plants sprout from the soil.
The purse from pure new wool is hand-knitted and felted, then embroidered and decorated with beads. The bag will be closed by a button which colour suits the embroidery.

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Embroidered purse

Primrose Yellow – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

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 2017 is Primrose Yellow.

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow

Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Primrose Yellow! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Positively primrose. An uplifting quote to help anyone make it through the day. My mother used to say this to me and I think it’s a great motto to live by. Passing on a little kindness, a little laughter can do wonders.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Yellow is a bit of a contrary color when you create digital art. If it’s too dark it can look like tangerine or butterscotch, if it’s too light it can not show up well against white. But I wanted to include it as a summery set – so I think the yellow and lime citrus conjures up images of lemonade in the summer shade. Fun paper pack to make!

ButterflyFeetDigital

ButterflyFeetDigital

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

Yellow always adds a lot of sparkle and brightness to anything its matched with and it coordinates well with other colors. The sunflower is the best example of the vibrant color.

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cwagenblass9

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says:

Primrose yellow! I love this color because it is the color of springtime and daffodils! This flower and it’s vibrant color were the inspiration for my own shop name! My first memory of loving this color was as a small child in my Grandmother’s kitchen…pale yellow walls, Gma making caramel icing for a birthday cake and beautiful primrose yellow daffodils overflowing a milk glass vase on the kitchen table! Such a happy color!

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DaffodilLaneStudio

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

Yellow happens to be my boyfriend’s favorite color, so naturally I am surrounded by a lot of it. Yellow by nature is such a happy color evoking images of sunshine and summer. What could tie together better with Primrose Yellow and sunshine than a yellow sunflower basket?

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NauticoCreations

Ginny C from GRCTreasures says:

This pretty primrose yellow tea cup reminds us all that Spring is on the way and winter is mostly behind us.

The tea cup was made in England by Ridgway Potteries. Ridgway Potteries was a British pottery manufacturer of Stoke-on-Trent that produced high quality earthenware from 1790’s through to the mid twentieth century.

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GRCTreasures

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

We used to go camping in our red Coleman tent. We brought food in coolers. Along with dishware, pots, pans and a propane stove. We cooked pasta fagioli and ate the meal with spoons in Melmac bowls. Now we stay in hotels and eat out!

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PearlsVintagebyPam

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Easter is just around the corner! Get the kids together and whip up a dozen beautifully decorated baby Chick cookies with this brightly colored Hallmark cookie cutter in this year’s Pantone color – Primrose Yellow!

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shabbyshopgirls

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

This is a fun retro find!

A heavy-duty Scotch tape dispenser in working condition!

Primrose yellow with Lady & the Tramp details!

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These yellow Bicone faceted beads are available loose in quantities of 20 and are ideal for a wide range of craft projects , including jewellery making, dress/costume design, journals, jewellery, party favours, garlands and bunting.

Being faceted, these beads easily add shimmer, sparkle and shine to all your projects!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says:

Love springtime it’s beautiful.

It brings us primrose yellow flowers, bright spring colours all around, baby lambs and so much more!

A time to buy accessories to match an item or give something cheerful to brighten someones day.

MaryJaneCreations

MaryJaneCreations

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Tagua – rhymes with agua, the Spanish word for water.

This unique bracelet is an earthy combination of primrose yellow tagua nut hollow triangle slice, Czech green apple Picasso seed beads, brown wooden tubes and lightweight primrose lemon resin rounds hand knotted on walnut silk thread.

Bungalow42

Bungalow42

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

Sometimes I see some wool or fabric and think “I just have to make something from that!” This gorgeous glowing Donegal tweed was one of those moments, and the pretty clutch purse was the final result.

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RosesWorkshop

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique says:

This colorful primrose yellow clutch purse is perfect for Spring or Summer parties or just to be carried around as a casual clutch purse. The brightness of the yellow is an automatic mood lifter as is Spring.

The colorful stripe combination print, allows for its proud owner to mix and match with several colors.

The clutch purse has a luxurious touch and feel to it, and has ample space to carry a mobile phone, keys, small credit card purse, make up essentials even a small perfume.

ICreationsBoutique

ICreationsBoutique

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Sweet spring pastels just perfect for a sweet Easter basket treat!

Primrose yellow headband set brings a happy smile!

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joliefemmebydiana

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

Primrose yellow just makes you smile as it reminds one of the bright warm rays of the sun especially if it’s winter or a rainy season. It also sets your mind into motion on how you can incorporate yellow into your spring time flower bed or pots because know it’ll give your space that pop of color.

The yellow on this dog bandana is the perfect back drop to build upon for the bumble bee’s flying around just minding their own business. In all actuality this is about the only time I would say aww aren’t these bumble bee’s so cute!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Make (Or Buy!) Your Own Valentine Gift

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

What a grand holiday Valentine’s Day can be — especially when it’s a chance to express yourself to a dear one (or secret beloved)! How do you express yourself on this special day? Here’s what our CIJ teamies do —

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts said:

My Valentine is usually my dog (who gives great cuddles and makes me laugh so very happy with that), but I love making soppy romantic felts knowing people give them to their loved ones.

Right now I’m working on some zombie Valentine themed felts (for the awesome geeky couples) but for fellow readers I have this sweet bookmark –

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Love Heart Bookmark – Needle Felted Bookmark – Valentines – Girlfriend Gift – Cute Gift for Book Lovers – Unique Bookmark – Literary Gift

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I usually make a card, and we often go out to dinner, but other than that … not much. This year maybe I’ll use this paper pack – lots of pretty pink for valentines.

pink-paper

Pink Digital Paper – 14 Printable Designs – Scrapbooking, Card Making, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Valentines Day is all about LOVE!! My partner & I share bubbles and food to celebrate this special day.

Usually I make a card too, and these handmade ceramic love hearts are a great way to personalise and embellish your LOVE card

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Handmade Ceramic Heart Focal Bead – Fused Glass Pottery Pendant – 30x22mm – Jewellery and Craft Supplies – 3 available – DeeDeeSupplies

Robot Monster from RobotMonsterClothing said:

We agree, V Day is all about love. Significant others, our kids, friends, immediate and extended families, etc…

Here is one of several items we make expressing such love.

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Valentines, I Love My Crazy Aunt Funny Novelty Toddler Kids Youth T-Shirt, Kids T Shirt, Funny Toddler Kids T Shirt, FREE Shipping

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks said:

Valentine’s Day is all about Love!
Hand knitted pillow is the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day.

heart-cushion

Decorative Pillow, Heart cushion, HeHand knit pillow, Valentines gift, Two sided pillow, Wool Knit Pillow, Moms day

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

I usually decorate with lots of Hearts… I will be having the older group of kids in the Wacky Wednesday Fun Club make a banner to take home. I have been teaching them sewing and crafts for the older group of kids…

This is a sample of the banner that they will be making (they can make it their own way as far as the hearts go)…

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Valentine Hearts Banner… all hand-stitched. Hearts made of fun Strips and polka dot fabric. A fun festive addition to your holiday fun

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said:

I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking something Sweet for my Loved ones…usually special cupcakes!!

I think someone would love to receive this beautiful vintage Heart Brooch for Valentine’s Day —

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Vintage Gold Heart Brooch/Pink and White Gemstones/Aurora Borealis Rhinestones/ Heart Pin – 1980’s

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

Valentines Day is about love hearts so heart-shaped chocolates, especially foil wrapped ones, seem to be a welcome gift.

For those who want to give a love hearts gift that will last longer than chocolate, this red and white zip bag is a useful cosmetic purse, gadget bag or pen and pencil-case. A thoughtful gift and a pretty symbol of love and affection —

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Heart Zip Bag, Pencil Case, Zip Pouch, Love Hearts Handmade Bag, Red White Cosmetic Purse, Fabric Clutch, Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Romantic candlelight dinners with a nice bottle of bubbly, we really like Martini and Rossi’s Asti Spumanti. We stay home and make a special dinner and spend some time together, either watching a nice movie or playing a few rounds of Scrabble —

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Hearts Candlestick Holder Square Crystal Candlestick Holder Valentines Day Home Decor Vintage Lighting Candles Centerpiece

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I usually give little gifts or treats to our (adult) children. Just to let them know they still hold a special place in their mom’s heart.

My daughter (and Shop partner) searches out vintage Valentine cards when we go antiquing. It’s fun to read the messages and see the “old-fashioned” names. Sometimes we are able to determine the time frame of the card, if last names were signed.

Here’s one of her recent finds:

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Fairy Tale Card Girl & Boy Castle Crown Book Velvet Flocked Hearts Mid Century Classroom Valentine Card Scrapbook Craft Paper Decor Art

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Valentine’s Day has always symbolized love, whether single or in a relationship. We are all connected to each other and have love in our lives. For me, I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the traditional flowers and chocolates and have given my family cards over the years. I especially love the little cards given in school. It’s such a simple way to show you care. It’s also a way to start the tradition for kids to express love to others.

These forever flowers contain long stem red and white roses. These silk flowers will outlast Valentine’s week and are simply beautiful.

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Valentine Rose Bouquet, Red Roses, Faux Flowers, Valentine’s Flowers, Red and White Rose Floral, Red and Pink Flower Arrangement, Red Vase

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

To me, February 14th is not just a romantic love day. It’s about showing the love to moms, dads, brothers, sisters, new and old friends, and yes, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. Valentine’s Day is all about love, hearts, hugs and kisses. This lovely linen-textured card encompasses all of that.

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Romantic Card Valentine Card XOXO with hearts, 5×7 love you card for husband wife, extra 25 confetti hearts boyfriend girlfriend anniversary

Helen from MagicPatternShop said:

Sometimes I am doing the gifts with their own hands, but sometimes I buy.

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PDF Felt heart ornaments pattern Kawaii Valentine’s Day Ornament Pattern Wedding Christmas ornament pattern Baby mobile garland heart

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop said:

After her husband’s death, it’s sad holiday.

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Mini Bunny felt with heart , Valentines day gift, Easter decor, miniature bunny, little woodland rabbit, white felt mini plushie

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

We LOVE Valentine’s Day and have more listings in our shop specifically for this holiday than any other! We have a number of picture frame designs and created a special Valentine’s Day design sheet for our glassware and other products. Have your order gift wrapped and shipped to meet your schedule @DesignstheLimit  We love making gift giving personal all year round, but Valentine’s Day is your opportunity to plan the perfect personal gift giving moment, JUST ADD WINE!

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Valentines Day Personalized Wine Glasses with OPTIONAL Monogrammed Glass Carafe with Stopper

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE said:

Children deserve little Valentine’s Day gifts too–how about a sweet doll quilt for your favorite little girl?

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Doll quilt, pink and white, pink hearts, doll blanket

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said:

I make; my fiance and I always have a lovely meal with something special for dessert (as I love to bake!) and a couple of quiet drinks after we’ve got our daughter to bed.

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Love Is Sweet, Round Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Valentines Day, Wedding Favor Tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized packs available

Thanks to everyone for their SWEET contributions! Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

January 2017 – New Year – New You!

Contributor Post Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Welcome to January 2017 – It’s January 1st and I’m already thinking about exercise routines, being more organized, less procrastination maybe, maybe finally getting my Etsy arranged as I want it .

How about your – Has the new year got you thinking about any -it’s a new year, new you – scenarios?

Did you sign up for a marathon, plan a diet, or reflecting on better choices this year- Are you saving for a dream vacation or a new home?

Do any items in your shop relate to the theme, New Year, New You? We’d love to hear your comments and see your items.

Beach Art Ink Drawing, Honey I'm Home! Black and White Sea Gulls Building a Nest Ocean or Beach Art Beach House Decor Home Decor Birds Nests

Beach Art Ink Drawing

A new us this year. We celebrate our 40th anniversary and we move towards semi-retire. Me going full time on my Etsy shops, and Jimmy moving into environmental restoration. Prescribed burns, wetlands, forests, tall grass prairies. But first, a trip to the beach and some time looking at real estate in warmer climates.

Victoria Webb from Furiousdreams says

 On my second week of full retirement! So excited to be able to devote time to my Etsy shop again and to be painting full-time. Looking forward to exhibiting more and adding new work here.

For now, one of my recent small paintings can enhance anyone’s art collection.

Study 1 Original Abstract Painting 6 x 6 fuschia, blue, aqua, pink, cobalt blue, lavender

Original Abstract Painting

2017 is here and I’m going to more of a participant to all my teams one of my goals for the new year. Last summer we cleaned out my in-laws house over 50+ yrs of stuff to clean out and finally cleaning out totes, came across many fond memories and the wife said post this so now the shop is offering Barbie memories for the ladies who grew up in the 1970s…..

Vintage Mattel Barbie furniture collection early 1970s great addition for your Barbie collection

1970 Mattel Barbie Furniture

I’m still thinking about my new choices for 2017 – is that a form of procrastination or just considered thought?
Oh well…. to help me think there is nothing better than a cup of coffee – or tea, or hot chocolate!!

Coffee Cup Soup Mug Ceramic Handmade Pottery Black Tea Cup Dawn Whitehand on Etsy

Coffee Cup Soup Mug

Once again I face doing the whole of my annual accounts in one go before the dreaded January deadline

I am trying to figure out ways to bribe myself / force myself somehow to do it in sensible monthly chunks, and how can I make this a resolution that lasts past February!

I want to just curl up in bed with this hot water bottle in it’s lovely cosy.

British wool hot water bottle cover wine red handknit soft bottle cosy hottie cover

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Our New Year’s resolution is to drink Red Wine and Be Happy! As science is now confirming what we already knew to be true, Red Wine is the Best!

Personalized Wine Decanter and Stemware with His, Hers, and Ours Design with Font Selection (Set including Decanter, Stopper, and Stemware)

Personalized Wine Decanter

At Design’s the Limit, we have a whole section of our shop devoted to Wine and we encourage our customers to drink to good health, in good company, in moderation, and in style with a monogrammed glass! The perfect gift for any occasion and the best gift to give to yourself for all of your hard work in 2016!

I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me! I am working on a whole new set of paintings that I can’t wait to share with everyone.. I am also getting a certification in deciphering Heiroglypics – so that’s going to fun too. I would also like to take this opportunity to thanks the Etsy CIJ team for being the best and always including me in their posts and blogs. It’s really wonderful to be part of such an amazing community! Here is my entry : the colors I chose for this Cat Painting are also inspired by Egyptian Art. I have always felt cats make the perfect muse!

Cat painting - abstract - blue black gold cat - on 8x10 inch canvas

Abstract Cat Painting

Here’s to a golden 2017!

Looking forward to spending more time on creativity and creating in 2017! Learning new skills, improving my process and being ready for seasonal and holiday trends is what I have on my plate for the new year. We will see what time and life will allow but it’s great to have lofty goals!

Cozy Stitching Lady on Pocket of Turquoise Blue with White Dot Floral Mini Tote

 

My birthday is on the 8th January!

Friendship Bracelet Zigzag Macrame Knotted Wristband

Macrame Friendship Bracelet

I have to get started on cleaning out the closets and all that stuff that gets routinely ignored. Fun. but I am looking forward to making new stuff for my shop! Also, crafty stuff that I don’t sell – some sewing and some paper crafting – feeding paper to my Cricut!

I use my own calendars to help keep me organized. I have this one printed out and sitting on my desk:

Watercolor Printable 2017 Desk Calendar, 4 x 6 inch, Watercolor Splash Art Style, Home or Office Calendar, Instant Download

Watercolor Printable Calender

After the wind not blowing my way for the second half of last year, this year I’ve adjusted the sails and am heading in a better direction! The new me is looking after herself more, learning some new skills and remembering to take some time out to recharge the batteries!

She Stood In The Storm, Inspirational Quote, Typography Print, Nautical Print, Inspirational Print, Motivational Quote, 8 x 10 Print

Inspirational Quote

Wonderful submissions, thank you!

My New Year, New You is thinking more outside the box in my paintings and colors that I choose. I’ve started with this colorful Hippie Owl Paper Towel Holder and I invested in a new water color set to expand my business into even more creative ventures.

Owl Paper Towel Holder, Wooden Owl Kitchen Decor, Owl Kitchen, Owl Gifts, Owl Decorations, Custom Owl Gifts, Cute Owl, Hand painted Owl

Handcrafted Owl Paper Towel Holder

Sue from SuesAkornShop says

I’m hoping to become better organized this year. These small, cute mercury glass vanity jars and help me keep paper clips, buttons or things like cotton balls all in one area. They work well for small spaces and are cute, so it’s nice to display them.

Ornate Vanity Jar, Mercury Glass Jars, Mothers Day, Lidded Jars, Glass Container, Metallic Glass, Silver in Color, Decorative Jars, Storage

Ornate Mercury Glass Jars

Organization is always at the top of my list of things to do…As a crafter and maker of things my studio always seems to be a cluttered mess. I am also a list maker, and that seems to help me stay on track, but the most important thing for me is to be on time. This is a goal that can be easily attained by anyone, with the right equipment. On Etsy, I am a supply seller, so this year I am trying a couple new items, this is one of them:

Watch Face for DIY projects Silver tone Round with white face celestial stars moons

DIY Project supply -Watch Face