Ah, it’s that time of year again, where the children are excited to be starting or returning to a new year of education. Most likely, they’re sad that the holidays are ending but happy to be seeing their friends and meeting new ones on their first day. It’s a very special time for all and what better way to keep the memories, than with items from our talented team? And, let’s not forget the teachers! It’s a huge day for them too. Have a browse through the selection below and click on the photo to buy in Etsy.
We all send our good luck wishes for the little ones’ first day back to school.
Now that my daughter is grown and out of school, I don’t have to worry about the back to school craziness. Can’t say that I miss it either! Finding the perfect binder, the perfect notebooks and let’s not forget that some schools even have “recommendations” of what to buy that you must follow. That is not my idea of a fun time.
I do however, have a recommendation for you to consider! Back to school isn’t just about the students! How about the teacher too? Many teachers are seen carrying clipboards during the school year and here is a UNIQUE one that could be the envy of all the other clipboard carrying teachers! It features unique muted purple colors, a sense of nostalgia, is durable AND can even be hung on the wall when not in use. If your desk looks anything like mine, you’ll appreciate this!
This is a big seller amongst my teachers because of the inspirational words it speaks to them. I worked in the public school system and would see 90% of the teachers with lanyards around their necks that held keys to opening the classroom and cabinets where important belongings or school supplies were. This lanyard would be perfect. It can come as a one piece or a detachable (the key section comes apart). Either way it’ll be useful, yet fun and versatile.
Going back to school and having to remember so many things, and sometimes being stressed, I think this would make a bright and happy add on to Planners/journals and Backpacks.
Being a teacher, I know I needed lots of things to begin the school year, just as my students did…
I loved my magnetic handmade decoupaged mousetrap note holder that was on my whiteboard. It held reminders, papers to pass back, certificates, etc. I knew right where to go each period to grab what I needed without wasting time looking for something that I thought I put in a safe and handy place…not…
This reusable shopping bag will serve well for a good while. This handmade market bag will make a great back to school gift idea for a book fan. Without a doubt, it will be a perfect gift to a student.
Back to School theme crafts are fun to create with these fun School House Buttons.
As a teacher, I see that organization is truly one of the keys to students being successful and confident in their abilities. I love love love pencil cases, and create personalized cases for students.
Quilters are always looking for ideas to make their next quilt. Let’s suppose you wish to make a quilt for your child’s favorite teacher. Here’s a quilt block to get you started on your next teacher quilt, wall hanging or table topper.
This stone apple is a vintage find. When I found it, I thought that this will be an excellent traditional gift for a teacher. You can use it as a paperweight or just put on a shelf for display. A sweet and useful gift.
Hard to believe I’ve been making these over 20 years, but these are great for the walk or ride to school, and have an adjustable strap (or removable), a clip that can attach to a backpack, and insulate for hours. Several standard sizes, and custom sizes available. One woman returned to replace hers after a year on the playground! It had been dragged across asphalt, swung around by elementary school kids, and generally bullied!!! They’re great for keeping on a desk, kept near a lunch, fit into an auto cup holder, and if you keep your beverage in here with a tight fit, it won’t have condensation.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, all the way to school! Our fun to make foundation paper pieced school bus pattern could become part of a quilt, a homework folder, a tote bag, or a mug rug for the teacher’s desk. Just use your imagination!
Gypsy, Boho, Bohemian, Ethnic, Hippie — whatever you choose to call it, it’s FUN! In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohemian, for “gypsy”).
At the beginning of the Bohemian ‘movement’, it was said that gypsy girls themselves “…are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion.”
When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60’s and 70’s when major designers started to routinely promote the “peasant look” and sold a range of “uniquely eccentric clothes.” (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)
Fast forward again to the late 1980’s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or denim to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like ‘hippie chic’ and ‘boho-chic’. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as “bobo” or “ashcan chic” or “luxe grunge” — with leading proponents including actresses Mary Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.
Whatever it’s called, and whatever the iteration or era, we L.O.V.E. it. What do you have or love that’s Boho? We asked our team members to share their stories and items with us, and here’s what we got —
Some people think that these little bags are Bohemian style bags and I share them with the teenagers as cute chic bags to carry for fun. Cool colorful stripes and colorful flower button makes it a fun bag for any teen! What is fun about this style of bag is it can be made into the school’s colors too, that is pretty chic too!
While Bohemian fashion may cycle through fashion popularity over the years, true Bohemians don’t care about popularity or style – they care about expressing themselves. So wear what makes you feel good!
Boho or hippie brings to mind closeness to nature and the earth.
The earth toned beads accentuate that feeling. Add to that the brown cord and the large brown beach glass, it’s a statement piece that screams I love nature.
I think of unique, eclectic designs and earthy colors when I think Boho home design. These repurposed wind chimes combine old and new with a unique free flowing style and earth tone colors.
We found these vintage napkin rings in Ann Arbor, Michigan!
We love their puffy hats and long eyelashes!
Who needs napkins?! These girls are perfect on their own!
Boho style is the best! This pillow has a lovely boho vibe and is a perfect accent for your gypsy style chair, bed, or room. Bright color and lovely hamsa symbol make it a unique decorative piece!
Our friends sure proved they know boho! Until next time,
Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
For the Holiday Season I buy some gifts, but I also make quite a few of them. I love creating a special piece for my loved ones and friends. In order to make these DIY gifts I need supplies.
Do you have supplies in your shop that someone like me can use to make our handmade DIY gift?
Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls say every little girl needs clothes for her Barbie and handmade Barbie clothes are extra special! My mom used to make Barbie clothes for my sister and I from scraps of fabric she had left over from making clothes for us! Not only did we have special outfits, Barbie had one to match! This particular pattern gets Barbie all dolled up for a special dance or ball! Perfect for the Holidays!
How much fun are these Multi colored natural gemstone beads to make earrings, bracelets and Necklaces. I am sure there are other ways to use these great beads in your creations.
Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGiftsO states I have a kids DIY kit, there are other two different kids available. Great for the holiday season to kick start the crafter in children.
This particular one is made with faux pearls, sparkly rhinestone beads and acrylic beads.
This is our most recent pattern, featuring animal ballerinas. This is a fun & girly quilt pattern, intended to help other DIY quilters create a very special gift for a birthday, baby shower, or for Christmas!
Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks discusses I am a socks knitter. I have always enjoyed knitting and love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the socks that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
This is “Elize” Superwash Yarn, made in Turkey.
“Alize” is a beautifully soft, variegated, fingering / 4ply sock yarn full of color! The sturdy blend of 75% Superwash wool and 25% of nylon means your socks will last, and be easy to care for! The beautiful painted colors are perfect for almost any pattern.
If you love knitting socks then you will love this yarn!
Lee Wards was a wonderful craft store, I remember looking through all their racks of bagged figures and supplies when I was a girl!
These little bottle brush trees are perfect for dioramas or fairy gardens!
Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states I especially love making holiday gifts with little ones. But now my kids are older and their arts and crafts needs are getting more ‘sophisticated’, especially my daughter who wants to major in art in college. Glad there is a large variety of supplies right here at my fingertips on Etsy.
Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said I have some really cool beads and findings for other beaders and jewelry designers. My favorites are items from Green Girl Studios, they make lead free pewter in some of the coolest designs. This particular one is a focal bead with lips on one side and “Besame Mucho” on the other side.
Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says these ceramic buttons are handmade by me in my studio. The clay is rolled out and texture applied while the clay is still soft. Each button is individually glazed in a glaze I mix up myself – truly unique! Because these buttons are unique they are ideal to incorporate into a special gift for family or friends.
They can be used to accent knits, hats, bags, bunting, hair accessories – pretty much anything you can think of!!
Perfect for that special restoration project or vintage couture garment…
create your own custom belt, necklace, earrings or bracelet.
Enhance your restoration project…accent an accessory…create earrings or give a vintage sweater an authentic look.
Add a unique touch with sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects. The beads can be sewn onto fabric, canvas, leather and vinyl.
International Day of Literacy – September 8th
Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
International Day of Literacy is September 8th so I asked fellow team mates if they had products in their shops that reflect the theme of literacy? Books, paper, pencils, bookmarks, book lights – and more.
Here’s what they had to share
In this “day & age” of technology, school children are using computers and the internet even more. Most of us as adults rely on it every day for business, social or learning. Internet and Kindles have become the “new” way to read books. Making it important to be mindful of posture, and ergonomic support is essential.
These Flax-seed & Rice filled Keyboard & Mouse pillows will do just that. They are wonderful for everyday support or for added comfort just heat in the microwave or placed in the freezer for cold relief. The Keyboard rest has the added benefit of being able to substitute as a neck & shoulder relief pack for stressed out neck and shoulders.
Available in many patterns… and special orders are always welcome!
I learned to read in a one room country school with Dick, Jane and Sally readers. I went on to become a public school teacher. My daughter and son-in-law are both public school teachers ready to head back to the classroom. The motto in our family has always been…Spend money and resources on education and experiences not things! These Dick, Jane and Sally mug rugs remind me of what’s really important in life.
I learned to read when my mother needed ways to keep me busy when I was 4 years old. She pulled out the newspaper or magazines and told me to circle all of one word through the whole thing – to find all the “and” words for example.
It was actually fun and rewarding and lead to me reading long books way above my age and skipping a few grades of English! Books were everywhere handy for us as children, and to this day I borrow (and return!) books from my mothers’ ever changing and full shelves. My children learned before they knew how to speak that Dr. Seuss was fun time! I believe that we need to keep the strength in providing kids with positive and fun things to read and encourage them young. My daughter is a book nut and states that she will have her children learn from books even if there were no libraries!
We plan to carry other things in the future – but for now we have plates and other vintage things with poetry or sayings on them. I carry charms with positive words on them like “miracles”, “family”, and more. Words have power – they can hurt, yes, but they can also lift ones’ spirits and heal. I have been working on making “healing stones” in that they are inscribed with positive words and am also working on wood burning and engraving positive quotes that I have begun to collect over the years.
Book HC Animal Clothing 1969 Variety Species Hair Feathers Skin Armor Insect Seasonal Colors Children Vintage Adult Home School
I loved reading this book, there is so much interesting information on the outer coat of many kinds of species of animals.
It is very informative about their outer coats, how they are made, and what they are made of. Several species are discussed such as Birds, Fox, Bear, Lady Bugs, Lions, Worms, Butterflies, Spiders, Skunks, Turtles, Owl, Crab, Chicken, Beaver, Rabbit, Moose, Peacock, Porpoise, Toad, Dog, Cat, Elephant, Caterpillar, Alligator, Snake, Armadillo, Egret, Shark, Hummingbird and many more.
It also discusses their color changes and living habits during the seasons.
Hair, Feathers, Skin, Armor, and Insect Clothing
94 pages, Measures 8 x 5 x 3/4 inches
Our all-purpose bags are perfect for storing writing utensils needed for that next masterpiece. The images for our GRAFFITI HANDPRINT pencil pouch were taken from photographs that we captured in Berlin, Germany while strolling along Mühlenstrasse near the city center. The urban art-filled remnants of the Berlin Wall make up what is now the East Side Gallery, the largest outdoor art gallery in the world. Much of the art conveys powerful statements about freedom in words and images.
I have these School House buttons… Schooling is a big part of our Literacy and the School House is a great symbol for Literacy…
WOW!! What a great range of products related to literacy – reading and writing is so important, as all of us here on Etsy knows – we need to write our product descriptions, and read and understand customer enquiries and so much more! It’s great to be able to promote this important educational need.
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