It’s All In Black And White

Contributor Post by Mairi from mairidesign

It’s All In Black and White – so perfectly opposite. As a monochrome form of visual arts, B&W images can be starkly contrasted black and white or combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of grey called greyscale. The CIJ Team are delighted to share their B&W and Greyscale works of art, home decor and accessories.

Graphite pencil drawings. I usually present here my portraits of animals, but today I have something very special. Original illustrations that were presented in my exhibition of fairy tale illustrations. Drawings are framed in a beautiful wooden frame and passepartout. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the purchased drawing.

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Spring Weed Fancy Botanical Illustration

Amanda Jayne Andrews from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says:

I was originally commissioned to create this tea cosy as a thank you gift as they had a beautiful black and white kitchen, I added the pom poms as an extra special detail.

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Stripey Knitted Tea-Cosy

Here is one of my many Classic Black and White gift tag sets. The Butterfly set is one of my favorites.

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Black and White Gift Tag Sets

I think these black and white hand painted by ME stemware glasses are so much fun…a great addition to anyone’s bar decor or saved for a special occasion. Here’s to YOU!

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Martini Glasses Hand Painted

I love the graphic appeal of black and white! This clutch is fun and easy to carry! In a cotton print that I call foam and bubble with white background and black dots. It’s a nice little clutch for necessities on the go. Padded and with a wrap around strap that can go on a belt or slip over your wrist.

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Bridesmaid Gift Clutch Envelope

I love working with black color. The contrast on a white background is fantastic. Simple yet effective. This stippled phalaenopsis is delicate and will fit in perfectly in any home design.

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Phalaenopsis Art Print Orchid

This stylish cushion cover set will complete your black and white home interior design. Elephant cushion covers are made from black and white pattern cotton fabrics.One of them has black and white animal print, the other is made from black and white pattern cotton fabric blocks and has a white cotton block in a middle with beautiful oriental elephant embroidery.

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Elephant Cushion Cover Set

This black and white chalkboard print fabric with words describing God was the perfect fit for my Bible tote bag. The fabric is so beautiful and a great conversation starter as it will have old and new Christians either asking questions or being reminded of the many names our God can be called by.

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Bible tote bag and key chain

I think I created this because I think black is elegant and chic – and I didn’t really have anything in my shop with that precise touch of class.

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Black and White Digital Paper

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

What’s black and white and fabulous?

My love of film noir surfaced once again with these black and white curvaceous earrings. These uniquely shaped hoops are vintage black aluminum stamped with a snake skin pattern. The center cut out has an equally unusual shape. Inside each cut out is a gorgeous round white dangling freshwater pearl.

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Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

This black and white infinity scarf is ideal for the summer. The scarf is made of two fabrics. One side is white with little black Polka dots, the other side is black, embroidered with flowers and embellished with flowers in different black and white patterns.

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Infinity Scarf

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Crochet yoga socks, yin yang gift. According to Taoist principles, the forces of everything in the universe are in constant motion. As the movement continues, each of the forces of energy gradually changes into the other, yin to yang and yang to yin. This is the cycle of all energy. When these opposite energies work in unison the way nature dictates, there is a perfect balance. The yin yang symbol of equal halves, one dark and one light, but also opposing forces come together to create and generate energy – life. Yin creates the form and grows it while the yang generates action energy and expands it. This is the bringing together of two halves to make a complete whole.

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Crochet yoga socks yin yang

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Black and white are great shades and they go with anything. For your special table décor on mantles and candles
this candle bling will make wonderful statement. Gift it with a candle to Friends and family or charming housewarming / hostess gift.

Black Affair Candle Ring

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Items Of The Week: To The Moon

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Your Favorite Song

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Listening,playing or making music is something that usually leads us to making memories. Memories that can remind us of events, people, places and more.

Most of us have a favorite song that we always listen to, but can’t get out of our head!

We want to know what your favorite song is and an item from your shop that relates to the song.

Karen from timetalentjewels says Livin On Love By Alan Jackson – anything country are favorites of mine but Alan any day of the week and this one of my very favorites.

The song relates to two young people just starting out and how in love they are and all that is need is Love. “Livin on Love.” She doesn’t care about what’s in style, she just likes his smile. It takes more than marvel and time living on love.

Living on Love, buying on time, without somebody nothing ain’t worth a dime, It’s like that old fashion storybook rhyme Living on Love, its sounds simple that what you’re thinking; Love can walk through fire without blinking, it doesn’t take much, when you get enough living on love.

Then it goes on about how you grow old and the children are gone and they still sing, side by side, living on love, even though they can’t see and can barely sweep the floor they still walk hand in hand through the door, just living on love.

Somehow I feel that relates to my husband and myself. I can only hope that continues until we grow old. In July it will be 42 years of marriage.

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Cowboy theme memory wire beaded bracelet

Nancy from EponasCrystals said Crystal by Stevie Nicks is another of my favorite songs. It is from the sound track to Practical Magic, one of my all time favorite movies.
These earrings are made of crystal quartz and make me think of the song Crystal.

Then I knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
Drove me through the mountains
Through the crystal-like and clear water fountain
It drove me like a magnet
To the sea…
To the sea…
To the sea, yeah

Quartz point earrings

 

Rita from RitzySelection states

Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing’ don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Rise up this mornin’
Smiled with the risin’ sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying’, (this is my message to you)

Three Little Birds
Bob Marley

On my pillow, exactly one small bird sings

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Embroidered bird motif pillow

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says my favorite song is “El condor passa” also known as “If I could” by Simon & Garfunkel. It’s a beautiful melody for flute. In my shop there is a hand-painted flute box with little songbirds.

Hand painted long wooden box

Mairi from mairidesign said my sea-glass black heart still holds a warm, inner green, in the sun light, but only the wearer knows its fragility.

‘Paint it Black’ by the Rolling Stones

“I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door, I must have it painted black
Maybe then I’ll fade away and not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun

My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I want to see your face painted black
Black as night, black as coal
See the sun blotted out from the sky”

Rare black sea glass necklace

Carola from CarolaBartz says I have several favorite songs and it is hard to name just one. However, in the end it comes down to “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac (written by Christine McVie), also sung by Eva Cassidy (both versions are very moving). It is one of the most beautiful, heartfelt love songs I know. Just thinking of it right now (and listening to the melody in my head) gives me goosebumps of the good kind.

For you, there’ll be no more crying.
For you, the sun will be shining.
And I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.
To you, I’ll give the world.
To you, I’ll never be cold.
‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you,
It’s alright, I know it’s right.
And the songbirds are singing, like they know the score.
And I love you, I love you, I love you, like never before.
And I wish you all the love in the world.
But most of all, I wish it from myself.
And the songbirds keep singing, like they know the score
And I love you, I love you, I love you
Like never before, like never before, like never before.

Bird and butterfly mini journal

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I bought a baby toy that played this for my Granddaughter and when I would babysit her I would sing her to sleep with this song…

You Are My Sunshine…

You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I Love You
Please don’t take my Sunshine away.

Yellow button set

Silvia from ForCutiesKids says Black coffee (Ooh)
Is my name
Black coffee (Black coffee) is my thing

Black coffee (Ooh)
Freshly ground and fully prepared
Hot black coffee, boy (Black coffee)
Mmh that’s where it’s at

Way back yonder when I don’t know when
See I got hungover before I was ten
You see my skin is white but my soul is black
And a hot black coffee, that’s where it’s at

(Black coffee)
That’s what I’m talking about
(Black coffee)
(Black coffee)
Ooh, you’ve got to feel it in the air
(Black coffee)
(Black coffee)

Will you hear that?
Some black tea
It can’t compare with me
(Can’t compare with me)
Some black tea (Ooh)
Well it’s as good as, it’s as good as
It’s as good as it can be
But it’s a cup of black coffee
That a working man needs to see, yeah

Here in America, where it’s the land of the free
And you can get what you want if you’ve got some do re mi
And I’ve got me a job, and I’m working like a slave
Yeah I’m independent and you know I get laid
Say I got me a man, and I got me a little place
I got a spit of black coffee, and how good it tastes
I said a dime is all it costs in the States
For a cup of black coffee and how good it tastes

(Black coffee)
And alright
(Black coffee)
Oh
(Black coffee)
That’s what I want, that’s what I need
(Black coffee)
Ooh, what I want me
(Black coffee)
That’s what I want, that’s what I need
(Black coffee)
That’s what I’m talking about
That’s what I’m talking about
(Black coffee)
A black coffee
(Black coffee)
A black coffee, child
(Black coffee)
It’s where it’s at, it’s where it’s at
(Black coffee)
It’s where it’s at, what I need
Black coffee
It’s where it’s at, what I need
Black coffee

Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa

Skinny Shorts

 

Camouflage

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

Whether this disguise is used to conceal ones presence in the greenery or purely to make a fashion statement, we can all agree that camouflage is here to stay. It’s so versatile that it’s suitable for accessories for both sexes and for all ages as well as for home furnishings. Take walk through our hidden treasures and click on the photos to buy in Etsy.

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Once upon a time …… there was once a couple of beautiful cushions. Time passed over and worn, they were old. But hipp-hopp charmed the cushions of the good fairy and new cushions were given to the old pillows. This is my camouflage story!

Sleep well, on your beautiful new cushion covers, dear children!

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Linen Camouflage Cushion covers

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Animals are masters of camouflage. I was fascinated by patterns and colors of lizards and snakes. A large pastel drawing depicting protected European reptiles and amphibians for those who are passionate about these unusual animals.

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Snake Lizard Frog Pastel Painting

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

Camouflage Yarn… Great to make many wonderful creations with…
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Variegated Green Brown Beige / Camouflage Yarn

Kristal Leigh from KLeighVintage says:

My shop features camouflage jackets, cargo pants and sometimes bags. Each item is collected from estate sales from retired military families. They make a wonderful fashion statement or gifts for friends who have had dear love ones serve.

My favorite story was from a man who bought a WW1 camouflage medical bag for his wife as a Christmas gift. Her father had served and passed away when she was a child. He wanted to buy her something with meaning and to remind her of her father. This story brought me to tears and made me so thankful that the items we do sell can make such a big impact on someone else’s life.

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Camouflage Army Pants

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I have always been fascinated with most, but not all Camouflage Patterns. I was approached by a customer who asked if I could make a camouflage Fine Pen Box for a veteran, loved the final result! So I decided to add this as a regular item.

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Camouflage Fine Pen Wood Storage Box

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I didn’t actually think of camouflage when I created this set – but I’ve often thought that’s how the colors turned out. I just liked the yellow, green and brown combination, so it’s been lurking about in my shop ever since.

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Digital Paper Pack Yellow Green

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I was thinking about Fathers Day when I came up with this. The camouflage pattern is very masculine, combined with the shape of a motor home makes a unique coaster fit for a man cave.
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Camo RV coaster

Beth Morgan from FromBeths says:

A personal favorite from my Etsy shop. Girls love camo too! Celebrate with camo ! Made with love for my niece.

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16th Birthday Party Decorations

Lisa van Heerden from PricklyPaw says:

I had been making a lot of original art and it reminded me of an abstract camouflage. Since I work in multiple mediums like original paintings, digital art on blankets and hand painted shoes, I thought it made sense to make some camo military themed shoes. I am also influenced because in NC we have several military bases like marines Camp LaJeune and Fort Bragg which is an Army base. This is a traditional army camo (and by the way, apparently the top selling camouflage is Mossy Oak for hunters…) so I decided to put their motto on the shoe. As I have done this I realize I have stirred so many political questions. I am sure my Army clientele will love these shoes, but I think so will anyone wanting to make a political statement and spark a dialogue when there is none.

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Custom Military Shoes

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says:

I have a son-in-law who is a duck hunter and loves all things camouflage. A couple of years ago I created this birthday card in his honor.

This went over so well that I received more requests for camouflage themed greeting cards. So my camouflage collection was born. I now offer birthday, baby, wedding, anniversary and Christmas cards with a camouflage theme. This also includes pink camo for the ladies!

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Camo Birthday Card

Items Of The Week: Clocks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium 

For The Pet Lover

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Pets come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a pet that is furry, scaly, a mammal or a rodent and so much more!
Those of us who are pet lovers tend to go wild for items that are all about our type of pet (think mug with a dog on it) or those items we can use for our pets (think pet mat).

We want to know what you have in your shop that pet lovers would want?

Marjorie from mscenna says I love cats and have a collection of cat themed items. Although I no longer have them as pets, I still enjoy them and love cat inspired trinkets. This repurposed jewelry ornament would be a fun gift for a cat lover!

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Black cat ornament

Lizzy from LizzysBibsandBobs said I guess it would not come as a surprise to anyone that I am a Cat Lover! I am also a great lover of glass – in particular Fenton Glass Animals, of which I have a small collection of 20 or so pieces. So a Fenton Glass Cat is the perfect gift for someone like me or someone who just loves Cats. This beautiful white opalescent Calender Cat is a fabulous gift for those Pet Lovers born in May!

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Fenton glass calendar cat

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I love all animals and when I found this cut Cat and Dog fabric I thought it would be great for the pet lover / book reader as my newest in my new line of bookmarks.

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Cat and dog bookmark

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I personally am a dog person (allergic to cats) but I have a classy cat key ring that a lady cat lover could easily fall in love with! Not only is it cute, it also has a lot of sass! The jeweled body glistens in the sun AND moves separately from the head too. This cat just reminds me of spunk and so do a lot of ladies I know! It’s definitely an attention grabber and a fun accessory to own. You may even consider it a feline version of Betty Boop!

sexy cat keyring

Ilda from lililapt said I love rabbits. They are the Easter symbol. I embroidered rabbits in baby crosstitch diapers. They are lovely!

Cross stitched baby burp cloth

Marta from GottliebTextiles states this is an interior piece for a true cat person. The cat embroideries are made with acrylic thread which is then brushed with a stiff wire brush to create a textured effect. Therefore the embroideries have a lovely soft feeling, just as the cats should be.

Cat cushion cover

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I love cats and having a little bling on my journals and as a zip pull on my bags is such a great way to show that.

French cat zipper pulls

Przemila from CanisArtStudio said I’m a great animal lover. My whole shop is for pet lovers. I paint custom pet portraits from photos and especially dogs, cats, and horses. My favorite techniques are an oil painting on canvas and pastel drawings. I also make pencil drawings. The ordered portrait of your favorite pet will be framed in an elegant wooden frame. You can choose any image dimensions and the color of the frame. This is a wonderful gift idea for any occasion and a memory that will never lose its value. In my shop, you can also find painted clocks, wooden boxes and other items decorated with the image of your favorite pet.

Custom dog portrait

Heather from MooseintheMint states this sign is ideal for a cat lover (I also have a dog version) – the first design said ‘Crazy Cat Lady’, but some people didn’t think that was appropriate, so this is version 2! [other people just thought it funny!]

Crazy about cats sign

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says for some women having something leopard print is a must have item whether it be in clothing or accessories. So, my thought for this design was if you’re a dog lover who loves leopard prints then why not accessorize your pet in it as well.

Leopard print dog collar and leash

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba said I was very surprised that many people get attracted to this little birdie consider them as their pet. But hey, it doesn’t always have to be a cat or a dog, why can’t it be a robin? Most important is that the pet gives you a ton of positive emotions.

Robin fine art drawing

Mairi from mairidesign states ever since I did an oil pastel study of a stuffed owl in school, I’ve been fascinated by their soft plumage. Over time, I learned to design in a basic stylized manner and liked to simplify the bird’s forms and made these stained glass brooches especially for fellow owl lovers. I may not have my own owl pet as yet, but I can visit them in their huge cages in Wallenstein Palace Gardens, Prague, whenever I like.

Glass owl brooch

Great Teacher Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Teachers have to deal with so much in a day, that they deserve much praise and some great gifts.

Some great ideas for gifts are: Gift cards, gift baskets, volunteer your time and so much more.

What do you have in your shop that would make a great teacher gift.

Karen from timetalentjewels says small children enjoy giving teachers flowers, why not give their teacher a fun set of stacking bracelets (stacks of flowers). Beautiful colors of corals, melons and fuchsia along with silver what fun bracelets! Enjoy!

Set of 3 floral stacking bracelets

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said our zipper pouches are perfect teacher gifts. Perfect for holding all those little stickers that are passed out throughout the day. Durable and easy to wash, they’re the perfect take anywhere pouch for field trips or conferences. The perfect size for organizing electronic gadgets like memory sticky, SD cards and earphones. And they’re perfect for holding that gift card to be included with your teacher appreciation card.

Pencil pouch

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals states most teachers love to read a beautiful bookmark and a gift card to bookshop will make a great gift and can be used over and over again.

Pink gemstone bookmark

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says this is one of my biggest sellers and it’s bought by teachers themselves. Teachers can be a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions. Educators can help their students pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and compete in events they might otherwise have not thought themselves able to. Students often look to their teachers as mentors with experience and knowledge, and, as an educator, you will almost definitely be asked for advice at some point during your career.

Teacher lanyard

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said every teacher needs a clipboard to keep organized! They constantly have some sort of list or pile of papers they need to keep in order or review. This decorated clipboard will stand out above all others! It’s a one-of-kind conversation piece that the teacher will be able to treasure, in her classroom, all year-long.

Decorated clipboard

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states our personalized pen sets make the perfect gift for teachers from our Etsy shop. Choose to include either a twist ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, mechanical pencil, or a letter opener to make your gift complete. Enter any text and choose any font we have available to make your gift unique. Gift wrap available for gift giving made easy @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized maplewood pen set

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says this framed cross-stitched ‘Teachers Are Special People’ wall art would make an awesome gift for that special teacher. I can see it hanging in the classroom near the teacher’s desk. It is a good reminder to students, parents, and other teachers.

Framed teacher cross stitch

Niatta from NiattaCrochet said searching for a great gift for teachers and baseball team moms my customer stopped on this listing. Ever since she became my most valued customer, gifting and stashing many colors of this design and even asking for variations with more colors, to match individual preferences. I loved it when she stashed 2 blue ones for her future daughters-in-law, having two boy kids, aged 8 and 10 years old!

Crochet coin purse

Marjorie from mscenna states this key chain is the perfect apple for the teacher! A retro inspired key chain featuring red and green vintage beads and an apple charm, a great gift for a fun loving teacher!

Red apple keychain

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says owl – a symbol of wisdom and science. Hand-painted wooden box – pencil case or glasses case.

Hand painted pencil case

Heather from MooseintheMint said this is a personalized thank you card, so you can chose the wording that suits, and it’s blank inside for you write an individual message. The initial key chain is a small personal gift – teachers must run out of space!

Thank you Initial key ring

Carrie from FantasyBubbles16 states every teacher should have soft lips. It’s hard to talk and teach when you’re lips are super dry. Our Lip Butter feels amazing and leaves lips silky smooth.

Root beer vegan lip butter

Marta from GottliebTextiles says this is a very practical gift that will fit in any home. So if you do not know your teacher well, you won’t go wrong with this one. Everyone washes dishes at home thus the dish cloths will be in use.  Moreover, pretty ones with floral embroideries on.

Embroidered kitchen tea towels