Items Of The Week: Advent Decorations

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

 

1. Set of 5 mini Christmas ornaments by Elisabeth from LizPOriginals

2. Quilted Christmas Advent Calendar by Gail from QuiltSewPieceful

3. Leisure Arts Christmas countdown cross stitch by mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2

4. Red and white textile Advent stars by Barbara from MinimixMaterial

5. Hand painted Christmas bottle decor by Liesbeth from Aparticle

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Luxury

Contributor post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

Who doesn’t love luxury items? Those little (or big) things that say, “I deserve this, and I’m going to enjoy the heck out of it!” Such things are different for all of us, and can range from an exotic scented shampoo to a BMW. But however we define them, they make us feel rewarded, special and happy. We asked our CIJ team members to tell us about the luxury items they treasure or crave, and about things they sell that say “LUXURY”.

Here’s what they said —

Melissa R from missy69 said:

I love gemstones, and have been collecting them for years. So, to me a luxury item would be a flawless, perfect color 3 ct Tanzanite, Or Blue Diamond. I don’t have any of those in my store, lol. I have created my own blue diamond wedding band, and I wear it all the time. Below is a picture of a lovely 16x10mm golden yellow citrine pear shape gemstone, set in sterling silver basket style prong pendant. November babies, this is your gemstone. It is on clearance sale right now, with free shipping to domestic addresses.

citrine

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

I suppose because I spend my days in making jewellery in my studio, wearing old clothes that are okay to potentially get ruined, luxury items for me would be beautiful handmade clothes! Then I would accessorize with one of my favorite forms of jewellery – a brooch! Brooches are trending right now, but I’ve always loved them. In the past (before I was a goldsmith), if I was to splurge on a piece of handmade jewellery it would be a unique brooch.

This brooch is one of a kind. I designed this brooch based on a photo of a beach in Spain. It is champleve enamel, which is an intensive process, where you first saw out the scene and solder it to the backing and then begin the enameling process. The enamel is built up through many layers and firings in the kiln, which is how you get the various colors showing through.

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Stormy day brooch, champleve enamel, sterling silver, fine silver, kiln fired enamel, seaside bay, stormy sky, tropical, ooak, handmade

Woolly Momo from WoollyMomo said:

I think luxury items are anything that look good whilst also keeping me warm – I really feel the cold at this time of year so being cosy tops the luxury list for me! However, I truly believe luxury does not have to mean expensive – it’s more about the feeling it gives you, both inside and out, rather than the price.

As woollies season is well and truly upon us, I thought this hat would be a good example of a luxury item. Not only is the design really on trend for the season, it is the softest hat I sell in my little shop.

Its so warm that I even made one for myself and then in turn got asked by my Hubs to make one for him too (he’s bald and so needs something soft but extra warm to keep his brain from freezing this time of year!)

Our hats have kept us both lovely and warm and everyone who touches them is amazed at how silky soft and cosy they feel!

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Pure Wool and Silk Ribbed Beanie Hat. Angora, Sheep Wool & Silk Slouchy and Chunky Wool Ribbed Hat. Unisex Pure Wool Ribbed Hat. Warm Beanie

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

The Gold Scroll Design with Chain Strap Spells Luxury For Me. I Love Brass Items and Purse Accessories, Plus Dresser and Vanity Décor. This Make Up Case is Luxurious. I Bought it at an Antique Fair and Paid More Than I Should Have But I Was in Love.
There Are 3 Compartments- Like a 3 Car Garage. Lots of Room: A Compartment For Money, Make Up, Tissues, and the Like. PLUS THERE’S a MIRROR.

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Cosmetic Case-Art Deco Powder & Make Up Compact Vtg 1950’s Brass Cigarette Holder Lipstick Case Gold Chain Handle Antique-Gift-Idea

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

 We love a beautiful set of sheets! Many people don’t treat themselves to sheet sets – instead gifting them usually as wedding or shower presents. Treat yourself with this gorgeous set featuring lovely lavender Irises!
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4 Piece Queen Sheet Set by Martex – Purple Irises Beige Stripes- Queen Flat Fitted 2 Pillowcases – Vintage Floral Bedding Linens Sheets

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals said:

Beautiful golden rutilated quartz teardrop statement ring. The setting is a vintage bali style with swirls and balls in antiqued sterling silver. This is definitely a statement piece!
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Golden Rutilated Quartz Teardrop Statement Ring Sterling Silver Vintage

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

When it comes to luxury items, Design your next gift to have a Personalized touch! We specialize in providing gifts for every gift recipient for any giving occasion, but when you are buying a gift for the Top Shelf gentleman we recommend our 100% lead-free crystal wine and distiller decanters which are provided with your choice of any design and font combination deep-sand carved into the decanter and stopper for the best combination of quality in both the product and artistic services. Say ‘No More’ to impersonal gift cards and make every gift a personalized gift giving experience with gift wrap and cards available when shipping directly to your recipient or home during the busy holiday season.
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Connoisseur Distiller’s Decanter and Stopper with Deep-Sand Carved Personalization with Choice of Design & Font from Our Selection (Each)

Lauren Vanhemert from BellaBolsaDesigns said:

For me, I agree with Richard and Tatiana that anything personalized is a luxury, especially when you can use personal items and mementos as part of the artistic design. I put together this customized photo wristlet wallet using love letters and photos to commemorate a 50th Anniversary. I can’t think of a better or more luxurious Wedding, Anniversary, or holiday gift than something personal to carry day after day.
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Personalized Gift with Photo, Custom Photo Wristlet, Personalized Wristlets, Wristlets, Wedding Gift, Anniversary Gift, Birthday Gift

Nirit and Avi Berman from BermanDesigners said:

We have some luxury items. This one is an aquamarine that sits at the center of the ring, surrounded by a distinctive pattern of diamonds. The ring is made out from 18 karat gold, in a traditional jewelry technique to create a piece of jewelry that is tactile, soft, unique and affordable. We created it for these times when you want to wear a powerful ring. The ring is durable for lifetime wear. It is made, like all our jewelry, with best attention to details and quality.
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Round Bezel Ring Aquamarine Diamonds Pave Ring | Fine Jewelry, 18k Solid Gold Ring, Round Aquamarine Facet Aqua Marine Engagement ring

Many thanks to those who participated — such lovely stories and items!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

Let’s Get Personal

Hi everyone, Jules here from JulesMounteneyGlass

So Christmas is a coming! Probably the biggest commercial sucess of all time. Apparently it’s not all about the gifts but we spend a staggering amount on them each year and lets be honest, I’m sure we all remember at least one occasion when Aunty Flo got us that really dreadful gift that went straight to the charity shop as soon as they were open eh?

So how do you avoid the pit falls of Aunty Flo? It’s easy, just think about the person you are buying for, think about what they really like then get someting related that’s personalized, simples!

Here are a few ideas all made by members of the Etsy Christmas in July Team to get you started:

How about these beautiful monogramed coasters from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Custom Monogrammed Handmade Tile Coasters from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Custom Monogrammed Handmade Tile Coasters from CaffeinatedPapercuts

Todd From tmhofherr offers these wonderful custom paperweights

Custom Heirloom Family Photo Glass Paperweight from tmhofherr

Custom Heirloom Family Photo Glass Paperweight from tmhofherr

Do you know a whiskey drinker? Check out these cool whiskey stones from Polarstones

Custom Engraved Whiskey Blocks  from polarstones

Custom Engraved Whiskey Blocks from polarstones

What about a personalised print from ColourscapePrints

Personalized Couples Hand drawn Typography Print from ColourscapePrints

Personalized Couples Hand drawn Typography Print from ColourscapePrints

Or our very own Natalie from whenshuttersclick has these beautiful custom photo pendants available

Custom Photo Pendant from whenshuttersclick

Custom Photo Pendant from whenshuttersclick

Finally for something a little different you could always visit my store, JulesMounteneyGlass. Send me a glass bottle from a special event, maybe a Christmas party or birthday celebration, or even just an empty of somebodys favorite tipple and I’ll turn it into individual handmade beads and make them up into a gift or piece of jewellery of your choice. Like this handcrafted bottle stopper made from a recycled champagne bottle.

Wine Bottle Stopper from JulesMounteney Glass

Wine Bottle Stopper from JulesMounteney
Glass

Don’t forget to share our blog with all your friends, that way they’ll have some great inspiration for buying your gift!

Happy shopping,

Jules