The Year Of The Dog

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

According to the Chinese astrological calendar, each year is related to an animal. February 16th, 2018 marked the beginning of the Earth Dog Year.

Were you born in a Dog Year?  Here are a few more:  1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and the next will be in 2030.  Sorry, that doesn’t mean you get to count your age in dog years, but it does mean that your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9 and your lucky colors are red, green and purple.


You share good fortune with these famous dogs:  Justin Bieber (a wood dog – 1994);  Michael Jackson (an earth dog, 1958), Steven Spielberg (a fire dog, 1946); Elvis Presley (a wood dog, 1935); and Mother Theresa (a gold dog 1910).

From Quilts and Pillow Panels to bookmarks and decorations, the EtsyCIJ team offers loads of lucky items to celebrate the Chinese New Year and our Earth Dog friends.  Feeling retro?  Check out the pottery dog dish or read through a vintage Ken-L-Ration booklet.  Have a look at some of these great finds.

Marta Gotliba from Gottliebtextiles says:  

The lace decor dog’s paw initially was sold as a Christmas tree decor. But after the season was over, my clients still kept buying them. I asked what for and turned out that this paw looked beautiful hung on the rear-view mirror of the clients’ cars.

Lace Paw Print Decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:  

Year of the Dog.  My Dog Bookmark is great for this as it is earthy in color and has the red Fire Hydrant. A fun way to mark your page in the book you are reading.

Dog Bookmark

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

As someone who is “owned” by two collies, I have always found stories of their loyalty and humor intriguing and heartwarming. You may remember this wonderful book from your own childhood and if not, it’s time to get reacquainted.

Buff A Collie and Other Dog Stories

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:  

This is a pillow for those who have a border collie. It makes a nice statement on your sofa or bed. The Year of the Dog is a chance to show how important these dedicated creatures are in our lives.

Argyle and Pup Mini Lumbar Pillow

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:  

Perfect gift for a dog lover or to use as a decorative prop.  Helpful hints, dog care advice, kitschy drawings – 31 pages of fun!

Vintage Ken-L-Ration Dog Care Booklet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

We just love dogs at Ms P Designs! Our dogs are part of the family, and we love that this is the “Year of the Dog” to honor our very special friends. We have several nursery quilt patterns that feature dogs, but this is our new favorite. These cute Huskies are so happy to have the chance to play outside on a cold winter day.

Husky Dogs PDF Appliqué

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

I paint portraits of dogs to order and in my shop, you can find a lot of different breeds of dogs. But especially to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog, I prepared these small, hand-painted home decorations with dogs. Of course, ten want to present Pekingese. If you don’t find your favorite breed in my shop, you can order the similar decoration with your pet.

Pekingese dog Decoration

Pekingese DOG New Year Ornament

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:  

This sewing panel can be used as pillows, a wall hanging, a tote bag front, and much more. Dog lovers love to show off their pets and show them love so the Year of the Dog is right up their alley!

Dog Pillow Panel

Elizabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Cherish your Fur baby –
Dog memory gifts will put peace in our hearts.

Pet Loss Gift

Outdoor Entertaining

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many places you can entertain in your home, including in your outdoor spaces. Have a screened porch or deck? Make it a party spot with lighting, decor and so much more.

We want to see all your outdoor entertaining products. Please tell us all about them and how they fit with the theme. How would you use the item? What makes it special?

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says we really enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening during the autumn months, when the sun is going down and the temperatures are dropping. It is a great time to enjoy a cozy outdoor supper!

A pretty table setting adds to the enjoyment of friends & food on the patio! Make a beautiful runner and some matching place mats with our “Easy Pieced Leaves” pattern to create the perfect autumn table!



pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said sitting on the back deck in the evening! Let’s light a candle for romantic lighting! We had a large deck built and received 2 wooden adirondack chairs as a gift by my son.



Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states I love decorating my outdoor spaces and especially love accenting with wind chimes and mobiles.

I’ve created this unique wind chime with an eclectic mix of re-purposed jewelry in metallic tones and black, a great accent for a patio, porch or deck!



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says this tapas condiment set is ideal for casual outdoor dining! And would make a great foodie gift.



Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said our BBQ Tool Sets offer the opportunity to give the kitchen a break and spend time outside and are an excellent gift which can be admired and put to good use. Entertain in the style you design in our Etsy shop! We believe that every gift giving opportunity can become a personalized gift giving experience when you take the time and make the effort to create a custom engraved gift for your gift recipient. We are free spirited artists and employ a variety of skills learned from years of experience to offer our customers what they are looking for, in the style they are looking for, with no reason to look anywhere else. We transform items into artwork with the personalized touch and encourage our customers to turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to be useful and appreciated.



Very Vintage

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage is a very big part of what is for sale here on Etsy. There are home decor, games, clothing and more. There are now things that are considered vintage from when I was growing up.

We want to know what you have in your shop that is vintage. We would also like you to tell us something about the item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says I love vintage and antiques, always have. Milk glass is a favorite as is American glassware makers. Fenton glass is beautiful and collectible. This lovely milk glass cake stand is designed in Fenton’s silver crest line of milk glass serving ware. So a lovely addition to your next holiday or dinner party.


Fenton milk glass silver crest cake stand

NeatoKeen said I collect and sell vintage tea towels with fun graphics from the mid-century. I was first drawn to them because they made me smile. I am continually amazed that I keep finding “new” designs after a decade of looking for them. This London souvenir tea towel is one of my favorites because there are 55 people from all walks of life on it. I never tire of looking at it. In fact, I have one framed and hanging in my house!

Vintage Tea Towel London people

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states that I like Vintage because it reminds me of happy memories from the past. I feature many vintage items at 2aEmporium. This Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat from the 1950s is one of my favorites. One day I was watching a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show. While Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee were eating dinner, one of them passed a gravy boat. I yelled “Hey, that’s a Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat. It looks just like the one I have in my shop.” Now, while I’m quite sure that the gravy boat I have listed isn’t the exact same one used on The Andy Griffith Show…wouldn’t it be fun to pretend it was?

Vintage gravy boat

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says vintage tea kettles are special. This copper Revere kettle is very special.  My father in law worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome NY. I am featuring a copper tea kettle.

Copper and Brass tea kettle

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said who doesn’t love vintage books! This is a kids cookbook made in the early 1980’s. it has some cartoon type pictures drawn next to the recipes.

Kids cookbook

CIJ – Summer Fashion

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Summer is one of my favorite seasons – the outdoors, light clothes, the beach, florals, vacations and what not!

A season full of fun and adventures.

Here are some lovely Summer Fashion options:

Vintage Paper Hat | White Cream Straw Hat | Two Vintage Brimmed Sun Hats | Summer Hipster Indie

These lacy light white hats would be a perfect screen from the summer sun. From:

Collectique describes them as, “Casual and elegant look, a vintage cream colored paper hat and white sun hat. Charming worn with the rims down or up. Nice versatile elegant shapes.”

Ooak crochet  vest white with FREE shipping cotton, irish crochet bridal lacy delicate elegant .

Lovely hand crocheted Summery Vest, with an elegant lacy design! From:

Natasha from bythecrochetbug says, “This vest is made with Irish crochet technique which is a very old art of crocheting.Here motifs are made first which are then joined together with delicate crochet mesh.These pieces are very light and lacy perfect for summer. Irish crochet is a method which produces very delicate and beautiful fabric which lasts almost forever. As any damaged motif can be simply be removed and replaced. No two Irish crochet pieces are the same.”

Pinafore Top Girls July 4th Blowout SALE - Size 6/7 Blue Gingham Vintage Linen Summer Fashion, Flower Basket Embroidery

Adorable Summer blue dress! From:

Sue from Greenbriarcreations says, “This little girls pinafore was one of the original items when I started my shop two years ago. The front features a really cute flower basket dress scarf. The rest of the shirt is a cool cotton gingham in Dorothy Gale blue! Perfect for summer!”

Womens Floral Reto Dress Everday sleeveless Sundress in Green and Yellow with flower print. Size 14. Vintage Style Spring Fashion Dress..

This flowery Retro Sundress is a perfect choice for this Summer! From:

Susan from SSFDesigns says, “I had so much fun playing with fabrics to come up with the perfect ones for this summer dress. It was one of the first dresses that I designed so I will always love it.”

30% OFF Set Cameo Pendant Ring  Fatty Collection Woman Flower Dress Victorian Jewelry Antique Bronze Long Chain.

Beautiful piece of Victorian Jewelry. From:

Mow from MONIBU says, “We live in a world where image and outer beauty is more important than inner beauty. This collection is a tribute to all women that we don’t have a body 10 but we are great people.”

Women's Small Clutch Bag Passport Purse Quilted Monogrammed Custom Personalized teal brown peridot green

What a sweet floral bag to carry the essentials on all your summer adventures! From:

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy Says, “I purchased this pattern to create a small bag for my niece’s birthday. I filled it with all sorts of “girly” things- lip gloss, fingernail polish, lotion. It turned out so well that I decided to create them for gifts for my teacher’s aides and friends. Depending on the length strap you choose, they are perfect for a variety of uses- passports and boarding passes while traveling, a small purse for the bare necessities, a make-up bag, a camera bag, etc. I have quite the stash of fabrics, and they are totally customizable (and personalized at no extra charge).”

ChristmasinJuly 20% Sale Vintage Sleeveless Tropicalprint Vacation Dress

This lovely Floral Dress screams Summer! From:

NoveltyandThings says,” I am a sucker for things vintage especially vintage fashion and houseware. As for vintage fashion prints and bright colors are among my favorite picks. These remind me of my summer beach vacations airy and care free.”

Quilted blue denim patchwork bag with sequins - Greek Wave design - upcycled denim

How about an Upcycled Cool Blue Denim Patchwork Bag! From:

ChickenJungle says, “I’ve always liked to make patchwork using small bits of fabric, incorporating things like sequins, buttons, beads, vintage lace…the possibilities are endless. Blue denim and sequins are an irresistible combination. I made this patchwork bag using blue denim jeans as the body, and for the front pocket I made this quilted patchwork Greek wave in watery blue. The sequins on the front and around the straps make it glitter like water in sunlight. When I made this, I envisioned a swimming pool I had seen long ago – a pool with this wave pattern in a blue tile mosaic around the rim. I also thought of ocean waves and the beach.”

Jewel Toned Crackle Beads with White Jade  Beaded Necklace,  NB101

Jewel Toned Beaded Necklace, Sweet and Elegant! From:

Rose from Rosepetalsjewelry says, “I found these white jade beads at a street market in Turkey. I love white as a background and knew I would be flooded with ideas for them. This is just one of the many pieces I’ve made with them.”

Have a lovely Summer Everyone!