Christmas Decor – #CIJParty 2017

Guest Contributor post by Judith from FabriArts
The Christmas season is my favourite time of year to decorate. I usually start on December 1st and when my kids were small, we had a game to identify which new decoration I placed out each day. Combined with Advent calendars where they could add a decoration each day, the excitement built each day until the big events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots of ideas to help with your holiday decorating. Whether you want handcrafted original items for your tree, your walls, your sofa, shelves or tables, cards, prints or paper goods or vintage finds, the members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots for you to choose from. We even have Christmas accessories for your pets! Buy now, and ensure that you’ll have everything ready for that special time of year – no waiting around, hoping that your items will arrive in time!

Here are just a few items available. Visit these Etsy shops to discover more treats in store for your holiday decorating!

These bright, colorful, fun and positive dolls are very similar to small Christmas dwarfs or fairies. Each of them could represent you or a family member! Nice, cute figurines will decorate your Christmas tree and make it unique and cozy! This is especially important if there are children in the house. My family and I have received a lot of positive emotions from the process of working on these dolls, and I hope I can convey the mood to you. The toys are made entirely of natural materials: wood beads, cork, cotton yarn, jute yarn. Those doll faces are decorated using a wood burning tool.

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Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says:

These beach glass ornaments will brighten up any Christmas tree. I have an indoor, large palm tree that I put them on and it brings back memories of my Family Florida Christmas’s.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These decorations are beautiful one of a kind Christmas ornaments, and as such are a perfect keepsake for family and friends. They are also great memory gifts for teachers.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

This year I fell in love with charms and then it was just a small step to design Christmas ornaments with them–rich reds and bright greens with creamy pearls and whimsical charms compliment any tree. Use them on your wreath as well or add charm to your gift bags for the holidays!

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These Christmas stars are all custom made to order.  They are great for children with unusual names, ideal for toddlers who are just starting to recognize their initials, and can have the year stamped on the back (perhaps for a first Christmas). It’s lovely to be able to make matching decorations for a whole family.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love Christmas decorations, especially handmade ones. The reason that I like “handmade decorations” is because each one is unique … not mass produced … a lot of love and attention to detail goes into making handmade items … and that’s important to me!

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Christmas ornaments aren’t the biggest seller in June, but we keep them listed all year long because we Love Christmas! Just when the thoughts of Christmas are so far away, we are thankful for the Etsy CIJ Team bringing Christmas Joy in July (and all year long)!

We engrave our crystal ornaments with any design option we have available, any font in our selection, and accept custom order requests. Christmas ornaments make the best gifts for Baby Showers and Newborns, Newlyweds and Anniversary Gifts, and to Commemorative Any Special Event!

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

These minimalist wooden Christmas decorations were hand painted carefully with love. I’m always inspired by minimalism and these alternative Xmas decorations are just perfect for the modern homes: Scandinavian, Minimalistic, Neutral Pastel interiors.

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KNOTandLiving

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a fun sock monkey teeny tote! Makes a fun decoration for table or mantel and also makes a great gift! The bright colors and fun little sock monkey with a Santa outfit will make you smile!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Every time is possible, I love to craft using natural materials. And I think that so many kinds of nuts and a red bow can very well represent a handmade and unique Christmas decoration!

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of Christmas in my childhood I always remember the drives in the evening through the snowy landscape of Germany (my dad was a veterinarian and had to go out to the farms, being it Christmas or not, and I often accompanied him). It was dark, but the car’s headlights would illuminate the snow laden trees at the side of the country roads. Those memories inspired me to make a mini canvas that can be used as an Christmas ornament. I added the moose because the forest is their habitat and it creates a serene atmosphere.

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

This Enesco ornament is one of my favorites as it is part of the save the Earth collection and promotes recycling with a elf sitting on top of a recycling bin. At Christmas we do our very best to enjoy the season in a green way by keeping the wrappings to a minimum and making gifts for each other and our love ones.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love Christmas decor. As A child I did not celebrate Christmas nor decorate. I was always a collector. When my daughter was a child I collected music boxes. Sadly most of them broke in storage. I found this Christmas music box at a benefit flea market fair. So I helped others, collected another music box and got an Etsy item to sell.

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Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

I have always loved everything Christmas ever since I was a little girl. One of my favourite things are Snowmen – which is funny, since I live in Australia and we celebrate Christmas in the Summer! Over the years I have collected many different Snowmen in many forms, so have decided to share some of my collection with someone else who loves them as much as me! This sweet little fellow would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor!

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I love finding Christmas items at estate sales! Most of the time they are in fantastic condition and carefully stored. My daughter and I recently found this Sad Elf. He’s not wearing traditional Christmas colors and we thought that made him “unique.”

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Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts says:

 A cute snowman to bring Christmas love and cheer in your home. He will bring a smile to everyone’s face for the holidays

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Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest says:

This is one of my miniature dollhouse / fairy garden Christmas decor collections featuring a mini stocking, tree skirt and ornaments. Each of my designs are original and handmade by me with the intent of spreading a bit of the joy and happiness that went into their creation!

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Jennie Clark from FromBasementToArt says:

Heirloom was my Pfaltzgraff pattern when I married a looong time ago. Finding these holiday candlestick holders was a joy.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have found that taking images from my antique postcard collection and turning them into decorative pillow covers a wonderful way to combine two of my favorite things. I tend to favor Christmas decor with an old-style feeling as it brings warm memories flooding back.  Nothing quite like a sleigh ride on a frosty day to fill the air with laughter!

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

Something I always put up at Christmas time are my Advent calendars. Last year, I had 3 of them on the go at the holiday season. I make quilted Advent calendars, which can be used year after year. They all have little pockets that can be filled with treats, toys, messages or small gifts that can be treasured each day in December to count down to Christmas. This modern design is one of my favorites!

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

I love Christmas anything! My friends call me Cristal Christmas! For me it’s not about the gifts under the tree it’s about what’s on the tree and all the loving festivities that come with the holiday. At my house I have something Christmas related in every room so this got me to thinking why not create some Christmas decor for pets. I’m sure there are some lovers of Christmas out there just like me! If I could afford it I’d let all my Christmas decor stay up all year long.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These large gold flickering sequins are ideal for adding your own flair to your Christmas decor … glittery and shiny they dd sparkle and pizzazz to Christmas wreaths, bunting, cards and any Christmas craft you may have in mind!

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I think receiving a handmade Christmas card shows that the sender has put a little more care into his card giving. Each card is cutout and hand assembled. Red foil is used on the ornament background.

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Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop says:

This photo is of my Christmas Tree decorated with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments. The ornaments were handed down to me. They are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being able to decorate my tree with these family ornaments, makes it feel like everyone is still together and brings back great memories of Christmas past. In processing the photo, I added a “vintage feel” to accent the ornaments.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The first Christmas together as a couple is so special, it deserves a party all its own. More often than not, those first few years are lean ones financially, and Stock Lane Studio has affordable, printable holiday decorations that will turn any place into a Christmas home.

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Dana Martin from IllCallYouFromParis says:

This wintery Snow Birds watercolor print is a festive holiday decoration that you can keep up all year long!

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Pale Dogwood – 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 Pale Dogwood.

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood

Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Pale Dogwood! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Linda from LazyYVintage says:.
I love pink come spring. This tulip vase is a beautiful little piece of florist ware that to me embodies the essence of the spring season. The lovely, tranquil pale pink in a frosted glass accent piece is perfect flowers or just to bring in that pastel, comfy look to your decor.
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LazyYVintage

Nancy Duncanfrom EponasCrystals says:.

Rose quartz beads, the color of pale dogwood petals. The sterling silver chain has been antiqued. Perfect for spring!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These earrings are strong and dramatic! The textures created during the making of these earrings are beautifully highlighted by the pale dogwood glaze, which also creates a soft finish ideal for a wide variety of fashion ensembles.

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Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says:

I have several items in my shop that are a very pale subtle pink, but I think this is my favourite. The rose is my favourite flower, so evocative of an English Summer, but they don’t last very long. Here I have made a rose that you can wear all year long.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

This heart necklace is sweet pale dogwood. 14 KG rose quartz heart necklace. It is very delicate for just the right petite neck. It would make a great gift and is priced to sell!

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Dianafrom joliefemmebydiana says:

I love the softness of pink when paired with the edgy rock skulls stars and sparkle of this fun print. A great gift for a pink rocker!

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I choose these papers to make tags with because of the soft pinks. One of which is the pale dogwood pink. These would be great for tagging gifts or treat bags for girls or women… great for Mother’s Day gifts.
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ThisandThatCrafter

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I love the combination of different shades of pink and brown – they go so well together. The pale dogwood with the tiny white dots behind the “darling” is my favorite part of this card beside the bird. The idea for this card came around Valentine’s Day, but you can give it to someone who is special in your life any other day in the year as well. After all, it’s always a good time to tell someone he or she is our darling, right?

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What’s In Your Bag

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

I don’t know about you but I love having a nosey in other people’s bags, I don’t know why but I have always found it interesting to see what people carry around with them.
So that being said for a chance to be featured in this blog post we at CIJ would love to see pictures and know what you carry in your bag.

* What do you class as your essential items and why?
* Why do you carry what you do?
* Do you carry anything sentimental in your bag?
* Do you carry something for good luck?
* Do you carry anything that is handmade?

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; The bag itself is handmade and is sentimental because I made it with my own two hands. It is just the right size and best of all no one else has one like it. It is one-of-a-kind. It is felted wool with flower buttons. A fun purse to carry and have people say “where did you get that purse.”

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One of a kind bag

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says; I always have a small journal or notebook and a pen in my bag. Whenever I find inspiration I can jot it down and work with that later. It can function as a sketchbook as well. I can write down phone numbers and email addresses, make notes about places I want to photograph etc. A journal never needs recharging and it never “freezes” or shuts down unexpectedly – and it’s smaller than some smart phones.

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Journal

Stock Lane Studio’s from StockLaneStudio says; Yay its spring and I have officially removed the pair of hand knit gloves from my bag. So happy the weather is warming up. With that in mind, I always carry sunglasses and a bit of sun block in my bag. Snow can be blinding, so those essentials are in my bag even in the winter.
Believe it or not, I still carry real old-fashioned books. I like to read and feel this is giving my eyes a break from electronics.

I also carry a mini bag that can fold up to nothing and I can whip out when needed. Do not need anymore plastic bags!
I keep 2 zippered pouches in my bag, one for electronics and writing essentials and one for toiletries/cosmetics. What’s not in my bag: a comb or brush. Hmm, what does that say about me?

My sentimental items are the photos of my family in my wallet. And the bag itself. I’ve had it for 20 years and its been around the world with me. It’s really well made and I just love it.

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Mini Bag – fold into nothing

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says; I cannot survive without my reading glasses so I always carry it in my glasses case. It is padded to protect the glasses and makes it easy to find.

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Glass case

Cindy Blakesiee from AllThatCraftyJazz says; This is a very large bag. Would be great as a weekender bag or just to carry all the stuff you need to go to the beach!

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Large Pink Quilted Tote Bag

I would like to thank all who took part in this blog post, it was great to read all about What’s in your Bag.

The Great Outdoors

Contributor Post by  Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors! We asked our Teamies what they love to do outside, and what their shops offer so others can do the same. Here’s what they told us:

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

Nature is such a great source of inspiration for me. The starry night sky, the greenery of the forest and the salt of the sea all snap my creativity into production. I really love my visits to the sea. My kids can be as loud as they want with the ocean waves crashing around them. They can run and get dirty, bury themselves in the sand and then wash it all off in the water. They remind me that I once did that too and coax me out into the wild. We all feel the forces of nature that are greater than us, wind on our faces and salt on our tongues and powerful waves stinging our skin. There is no better place to make me feel so grateful to be alive. This inspirational quote is a reminder of that. And yes, those are my kids and their cousins, doing what kids do best, making their mark on the sandy beaches of the Oregon Coast.

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Kids room Home Decor, Inspirational Art Print, Motivational Quote, Beach House Decor, Children’s art, Get OUT there, feet in sand photo art

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

We spent many vacations with our kids and dog at Southwick Beach on Lake Ontario. We stayed in Our Red Coleman Tent. When my Premie Daughter was born and the hospital told us to take a break for a weekend we stayed on an electric camp site so I could Pump my Milk to keep it going for my return. She is now 30 and in excellent health.

Well we used Sleeping Bags. I am selling a new but vintage Marlboro Sleeping Bag that my sister gave ma as a Gift. She was an Avid Smoker and collected Marlboro gifts.

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New Gift Marlboro Sleeping Bag Unused Camping Plaid Red & Black Checkered Fleece Roll Up Warm Carry Tote Bag Marlboro Cigarette’s Label

Sharon Moore from MooreThanBags said:

This cheery sunhat with daisy trim reminds me of summer days at the beach.

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Sun Hat, Crochet Sun Hat, Floppy Hat, Summer Hat

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My son and husband built a pond in our backyard 12 years ago.

I can see it out my kitchen window and enjoy watching how it changes through the seasons.

We have fish and “resident” frogs that are fun to watch.

The frogs are highly intelligent and are famous for posing in silly positions for my camera!

These miniature frogs remind me of the characters by our pond:

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Frog Miniature Plastic Fairy Garden Animal 3 Tiny Green Frogs Craft Supply Figurine Set Vintage Hong Kong Novelty Retro Fun Gift Idea

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

 A big part of spring is planting flowers for many… here is a great vintage planter to plant some fun flower in or any of many options… to take this planter outside to plant all your fun plants in it…
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Vintage Ceramic Turtle Planter

Richard and Tatiana from Designs the Limit said:

It’s time to get grilling! @DesignstheLimit we have a propane grill and charcoal smoker which we use year round, but now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to get outside and start grilling!

We have a number of different personalized barbecue sets in our shop featuring canvas or wood storage cases and offer personalization in a wide variety of fonts and styles. Make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience and give a gift that can be useful and appreciated @DesignstheLimit.

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Personalized BBQ Tool Set Engraved with Font Selection including Three Piece Tool Set in Case (Each)

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said:

I love nature, period. Whether it’s working in my garden, watching birds at the lake or hiking in the wilderness — I enjoy it and couldn’t live without it. And then in the evening we sit around the campfire (yes, I do love to camp and sleep in a tent) and write into my journal. This is when inspiration hits and I can write about nature, my thoughts, my feelings and adventures in a beautiful handmade journal.

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Purple Walnut Tree Journal, Nature Notebook with Inspirational Quote by Vincent Van Gogh, Altered Composition Book with Lined Pages

Cynthia from StraylightVintage said:

I’m not a skier but love the outdoors and belong to a hiking group. We hike in the New Mexico desert every week.

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Vintage 70s Obermeyer Ski Jumpsuit, Womens Retro Black Bib Overalls, Skateboard Sportswear Zip-up Front Ski Pants

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Once Spring and Summer arrive I love to wander around my garden and enjoy all the flowers and insect life that suddenly emerge.

These charms, once made in jewellery, keychains or craft projects, can remind us of the garden during the Winter months.

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Silver Rhinestone Metal Charms – ladybird or fruitfly – jewellery making, sewing, making Crafts, Gift Wrapping and Costumes

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

We love to visit Florida and go down to the keys. It is always a peaceful, relaxing time. The ocean around us never fails to amaze us and provide us with spiritual and mindfulness times. To sit and watch the waves, hear its wonderful sounds and know that there is such beauty in the world is all I need.

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Vintage Sea Art A Frigate Afternoon Oil Painting Ocean Key West Picture Beach House Home Decor Nautical Themed Ships Original Painting

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

The Great Outdoors calls for a pair of warm Men’s Wool Socks that fit in the boots for hiking, working outdoors or sitting in that deer stand waiting for that first deer to stroll by. If the sock should get damp it would still keep the foot warm and dry. What a wonderful way to be outside and yet still be warm! Women’s sizes are available too!

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Men’s All Wool Boot Socks great for Hunting/Hiking, Hand Knit, Size 11. Charcoal – Three Gold Stripes, Casual Socks, Socks & Hosiery

Kristen from KestrelCollection said:
I am looking forward to spring flowers and getting outside to plant my garden. These blue flower earrings are great for this March weather…Blue like ice but with the promise of blooms to come.

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Dazzling Blue & Gold Trumpet Lily- Long Flower Earrings

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEve said:

Spring is a beautiful time to be outdoors and nothing is more fun with children than an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt. My little child-size tote is perfect for collecting those sweet Easter candies!

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Green Tote Bag

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts said:

Gardening! In Texas wildflower season is here along the roadsides and prairies the wildflowers emerge with colorful heads to say hello to Texans! I love to share our colors with you! Color your garden this spring with some Texas native wildflowers!

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Texas Wildflower Seeds

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

 Everything that I make has been either created by nature or found outside

The piece has earth toned beads to go with the amber brown beach glass. It is a boho like piece to call out your inner hippie.

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Lariat beach glass and bead pendant/Boho Hippie jewelry

Brenda from BetterThanBellows said:

Camping season is in full swing and what’s camping without a campfire?! This fire tool makes fire starting easy and fun! It works great for the fire pit, indoor fire place or your weber BBQ too! A unique gift idea for Father’s Day, Graduation, Birthdays, Christmas, etc.

Father’s Day Gift, Blow Poke, Fireplace Blowpipe, Fire Pit Tool, Wood Stove, BBQ, Campfire Tool, Gift for Him, Birthday Gift, Gift Under 25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bunnies, Chicks And Lambs

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Bunnies, Chicks And Lambs

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

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

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

I love your story Opal!

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

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

Easter Chick Rooster Decoration Kitschy Yellow Flocked Spun Cotton Chicken Pair Vintage Japan Novelty Animal Spring Art Fun Retro Gift

Easter Chick Rooster decorations

sharon stoner from Corkyfriendz says

Your Easter chick decorations are so cute Willow Valley Vintage!

I love this!! Thank you Opal for organizing!

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

Cheers from Corky Friendz

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East Bunny Cork Decoration

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

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

Happy Easter from Daffodil Lane Studio

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Lefton Easter Chick Decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

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

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Two Sheep Photo Greeting Card

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says

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

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

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Embroidered Easter Basket

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

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

Here is one pink adorable bunny for your Easter decor!

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Easter Bunny Shelf Sitter

linda from LazyYVintage

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

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Purple rabbit cake stand

RowesFlyingNeedles from RowesFlyingNeedles says

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

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Child’s Daddy’s Helper Denim Apron

Carol Hansen from GardenBarn says

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

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Antique easter rabbit candy container

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

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

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Bunny Designed Glazed Dinner Dish

carriageoncherry from CarriageOnCherry says

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

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

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

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Easter Bunny Decor

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

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

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Child Easter Gift

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says

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

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

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Felt Bunny Bag

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Love your entries, stories and wonderful items!

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

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Easter Bunny Spring Wreath

Best Friends Forever

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Best Friends Forever

To some people it’s their sister or brother, or a life long friend from Kindergarten up to adulthood, some their pets, cat, dogs even birds – other people romantically lost in their own love affair with a significant other and built-in “best friend.”

But there’s more to best friends – those in the military bound forever by loyalty and trust, a nurse and their patient with an eternal bond of the heart or even two orphaned dogs adopted at the same time, remaining besties? What’s your Best Friends Forever story? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do any items in your shop relate to the theme, Best Friends Forever? We’d love to see your item and the reason why you think it’s unique to friendship.

Linda from LazyYVintage says

Penny and I have been friends since the 5th grade. Over the years and states apart we still talk, text, and snap almost daily. With 50 years of friendship together, she is family to me. She knows me inside out and I know her that way too. She is quirky, fun, and a master fiber artist. Contrast with my serious side, she can make me laugh at myself and remember reality.

This set of Cotillion is from Penny’s grandmother. Her grandparents worked in a factory in Chicago IL. Her grandmother working a full-time job in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. She bought this set and kept in a china cabinet. Most likely never really used. When she passed, it went to Penny’s Mom Marie. Marie kept them tucked away in boxes, never used them. Two years ago, when Marie passed away, Penny gave them to me. The items listed are a few “extra” because most of the set I use everyday. I just felt it was time that they were used, admired, and loved everyday.

When Penny is in town, we sit at the kitchen table; me with my tea and Penny with her coffee using Marie’s dishes. It makes us both happy.

Cotillion Dinnerware by Sango Yellow Roses Cups and Saucers Set of Four (4) 1950s Mid Century Dinnerware Coffee or Tea Cups Sets

Cotillion Dinnerware by Sango

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says

Love your story, Linda!

My BFF story is about my husband and me! I certainly never thought when I asked him out, in January 1984(!), that we would become lifetime partners. As anyone who is in a really long-term relationship can tell you – it’s a lot of work! However, it is worth it because the value of having someone in your life who can share long ago memories, get your jokes, be your rock in difficult times, or just someone you can be completely yourself with, is undefinable. I feel really fortunate to be in my relationship – I must have known something all those years ago!

14K yellow gold wedding ring hammer finish; 4 mm wide ring, commitment ring, storybook romance, handmade, custom, gold, bridal, wedding

Gold Wedding Rings

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

I love this theme.

Having spent a good part of my life traveling (with my best friend/husband!), my friends are all over the world and I rarely live in the same city as them. I do miss my life long friends. Thank goodness for the internet, though, it’s much cheaper and easier to keep in touch now. Still, there is nothing like getting a card with a long letter from your best friend. Here’s a card that reads: ‘I miss you’ in French – for all the traveler out there!

I miss you Card Tu me Manques French 5x7 BLUE linen textured handmade greeting card thinking of you boyfriend girlfriend goodbye travel card

Best Friends Card

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says

Since I have lived in several states I have best friends in different regions of the United States. Once I started making floral arrangements, I would bring one with me to give to each of them as a reminder that I’m thinking of them. No matter how far apart we are or how long it’s been, we can pick up where we left off. That’s a good sign of best friends.

Flowers are so versatile there’s always a room they can fit in. Below is a great arrangement of neutral flowers with a touch of color.

White Poppy Floral Arrangement, White Poppies, Purple Lilacs, Spring Floral Arrangement, Lime Vase, White, Purple, Green Floral Arrangement

Beautiful Flower Bouquet

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

With Valentine’s Day coming soon, our minds are caught up in the friendship of lovers and the eternity of compassion that makes a Valentine into a Forever Mine. We love being a part of so many romantic gift giving moments at this time of year and look forward to making our customer’s Valentine’s Day gifts into romantic gift giving memories to be treasured as much as the products we create!
Crystal Valentines Day Champagne Toasting Flutes Personalized with Valentine Monogram Design Options and Font Selection (Set of Two)

Crystal Valentines Day Champagne Flutes

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

JoAnn’s and my daughter met in 5th grade, and while the girls never became close friends, we moms did! We have lived through middle school angst for our daughters and their struggles in high school. We were there for each other during times of divorce and loss of parents. We have gardened together, had a monthly breakfast in one of our favorite cafes, and we visited every nursery and yarn store in the area. We often sat together and knitted while chatting. we are trusting each other which is the biggest gift. A few months ago she moved to a different state to care for her dying dad. I miss her terribly. We text almost every day, but sometimes it is the right thing to send a handwritten card with some heartfelt words when texting and email is just not the appropriate way of communication.
Hello Girlfriend Greeting Card, Woman in Roaring Twenties Fashion, Downton Abbey Inspired Handmade Card, Friendship Card, Any Occasion Card

Hello Girlfriend Greeting Card

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

I love all your stories! Very heartwarming and wonderful. Thank you all for your submissions, your words and your listings.

My best friend is also my husband, Jerry. We have grown old together and now run our Etsy shop as one, designing and making items side by side. He once said to me that he would be my forever love no matter how old we are, through thick and thin and he has kept his word. It’s a blessing to have him in my world as my forever friend.

Almost all his creations have hearts in the design and yes, he does that for me.

Valentine’s Heart House

Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This day is mostly about the plight of captive birds, but also about celebrating birds. This day is on 1/5.

There are so many birds in this world and so much to know about them. Here at CIJ we want to know what you have in your shop related to birds.

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts says I love birds, and they’re great fun to felt. Some of my favourites are curlews, pigeons and robins.

There’s not many come into my garden but I love all the ones that do and always have seeds and water available so they feel welcome.

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Red robin on spade decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said birds are so cute, I love to watch them and birds singing is the best sound in the morning. I planted my garden in such a way that it provides food, water and shelter for them, and I’m so happy that there is quite a variety of birds hanging out there.

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watercolor bird mini journal

Sue from SuesAkornShop states I love the spring time and when the birds are everywhere. I enjoy hearing the ships they make as they talk to and with each other. There are so many different kinds flying about and eating from the feeder and I love watching each and every one of them. I love owls, cardinals and robins are everywhere.

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Owl kitchen towel

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA discusses that I love to hear the cardinals in my back yard as they “talk” with each other about building their nest, raising their babies, and finding food to eat! Cardinals live in our area year-round, and enjoy feasting on berries from our flowering shrubs or the insects that they catch. The male cardinal has brilliant red feathers, but his mate is better equipped to blend into the foliage where they raise their young.

 

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Linda from LazyYVintage says is it spring yet? Robins are always one of my favorites as they mean the winter is leaving and spring has began. I participate in the winter bird count, where with the Audubon Society you take a day to track the birds in your yard or local nature areas. We feed the birds and document the ones we see on that day. Unfortunately, Robins are not on our list as they migrate and will only be back in the spring.

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple said this original painting in ochre red oils.The Emu is an Australian native flightless bird the size of an Ostrich.
I love to see these characters the Emu running around in the bush and the open space where the Banksia trees grow in my coastal village located on the East coast of Australia.

Emu cushion cover

Emu cushion cover

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms states when I am in the garden or enjoying a walk in the neighbourhood I enjoy the sight and sound of the birds. We have had some hot days in Melbourne, Australia recently. In fact so hot (mid-30’s in ºCelcius) that we missed the sounds of the birds some days. They must have temporarily found a cooler and shadier place to hide from the sun and heat.

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discussed that I am a bird lover! We have lots of feeders around the yard and enjoy the songs and activity of many feathered friends. Winters can be brutal in Michigan, so we have a de-icer in the birdbath. On especially cold winter days—Bluebirds come to enjoy the warm water!

Girl and bluebird figurine

Girl and bluebird figurine

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I am a bird lover, bird watcher, and bird feeder! In my previous career I work in animal welfare, so I am well aware of the sad state of affairs for captive birds. This includes birds in the pet industry and birds in the food industry.

I made this brooch (and her companions) to bring attention to the lives of battery hens who are used and abused in the egg industry. It may seem counter intuitive to make a beautiful piece of jewelry about a subject like this. However, it is different and eye-catching; and I’ve always found that people are more willing to listen about an issue if you approach the subject nicely. You can definitely speak out for the birds with my Hen brooch!

Chicken brooch

Chicken brooch

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE said I did a series of illustrations in October of girls wearing various types of masks. This is my “bird girl” – because who wouldn’t love to be a bird for a day?

Bird girl illustration

Bird girl illustration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter discussed that we love hearing the birds in our yard. We don’t have bird feeders in the trees because we have cats but we are having a feeder built on a pole that we will place away from the trees so our cats can not get them.

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says we are bird lovers and are fortunate to have swallows come back to our yard and nest every summer. They make multiple nests underneath our deck and we get to see their babies. It’s a nice close up of nature.

This quilt is a celebration of all animals and includes special rows of birds, butterflies and ladybugs, along with different birds in trees surrounded by the animal kingdom.

Animal print baby quilt

Animal print baby quilt

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said I love waking up every morning to the sounds of birds calling out and talking in the trees behind my house! Sometimes I lay in bed wondering what they are talking about.

Blue porcelain bird

Blue porcelain bird

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed that I love going on bushwalks. Today I went on a walk around a lake and I loved to hear the birds singing.

These are some paper birds I have made that can be used for craft, card making, buntings…

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Christmas bird cutouts

Ginny C from GRCTreasures said love birds, for the last two summers I have had house sparrows nest in the wreath on my front door. I get to see the whole nesting, egg laying, hatching and fledgling up close!

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that I love birds … and we have a couple of owl plaques in our shop!

I live in an area that’s rich with birds … and many species migrate through our area …

In fact, every year St. Bernard Parish hosts an annual bird festival in the spring … Artists & artisans, such as ourselves, show their finished works as well as demonstrating their various techniques …

At the bird festival, the LA Audubon Society capture, tag & release birds to gather info on their migration patterns … this is my favorite part of the festival because I get to help release the birds and watch them fly off!

Wooden owl wall art

Wooden owl wall art

Bislet from MerryXmasfromSweden wishes everyone a Happy Bird Day!

My favorite bird is the bullfinch. I even have a bullfinch picture on my mailbox! Bullfinches are extremely shy birds so it can take years until I see them in the garden. On very harsh winter days I might find them at my garden feeders.

Then I am happy for many days!

Did you know that the bullfinch has a special food sac? They have developed special food sacs which are positioned in the floor of the mouth, allowing the parents to bring back food to their chicks.

They are the only species of finch to have such sacs. Amazing birds!

Enjoy my Christmas table cloth showing bullfinches eating rowan berries so that you can admire them!

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth