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

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Victorian Gifts

Contributor post by Mairi of mairidesign

The Victorian era was a time of hard work and building for the future but, also, a time of opulence and heightened interest in the arts. Refined sensibilities, romanticism and mysticism influenced our fashions and home decorations to create an expression of the time. With this inspiration, our team have gathered their Victorian style items to celebrate such an innovative period of our history.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

When I think of Victorian, I think of doves, hearts (love), soft colors, intricate patterns, has a romantic feel, and is classy. This heart wreath was made and painted by me forty plus years ago from a kit. I’m not sure how ‘classy’ it is, but it does bring out the feeling of love and romance. It would be beautiful on a door or wall.

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Wreath Wall or Door Vintage

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

I love this Victorian cameo ring with Marcasite sparkle accents very unusual composition mother of pearl Abalone iridescence within a decorative 14k gold twisted rope edge.
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Victorian Cameo Ring

YOKO from yokojewelry says: 

Antique Victorian taste earrings with lapis lazuli. Beautiful lapis lazuli stones are set like a picture on a gold picture frame.
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Lapis lazuli cabochon earrings

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says: 

I love keys and I think this key fan pull could fit this era. Boudoir comes to mind and hot summer days in English posts in India.

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Ceiling Fan pull

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I was drawn to the triangular stones on this beautiful Victorian brooch. Another Shop owner, who specializes in jewelry, shared her knowledge and proof read my description. She told me it is Czech Glass and was able to determine the age of the piece by the style of the clasp.

The Lily of Valley Tea Cup and Saucer belonged to my husband’s grandmother. The colors of the set complimented the brooch.

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Victorian Czech Brooch

In 1846 John Livesey made a curtain machine based on Heathcoat. The XIX. In the second half of the century, Victorian UK products are highly popular. The bobinet curtain is an upgraded version of lace upholstery that provides a more diverse base structure and greater patterning options. My lace cushion is made with this technique!

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Victorian Lace Pillow

Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 to all and to all a good night.

Thank you

Thank you to all the Etsy Christmas In July team members who participated this year.

The Etsy Christmas In July team leaders spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2017 event!

I would like to take a moment to thank the Christmas In July leaders! Please visit their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Lisa from SpoiledFelinesArt

Megha from byTheArtBug

Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2017!

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday July 5th for the #CIJParty 2017.

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Schedule

Here is the schedule of our events!

July 1st – Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – #EtsyCIJ 2017
July 2nd – CIJ Team & Wandarrah Team Cross Promotion
July 3rd – CIJ Team Leaders
July 4th – #CIJPopUpMarket #1: International Shops
July 5th – #CIJParty
July 6th – #CIJPopUpMarket #2: USA Shops
July 7th – #CIJPopUpMarket #3
July 8th – #CIJPopUpMarket #4
July 9th – Best Photos From the #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge
July 10th – Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Social Media

Please continue to use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2017 season!

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Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The big day has finally arrived! The first day of Etsy Christmas In July 2017!

Events are great ways for sellers to gain exposure, learn about your target market, garner customer feedback and draw attention to your business.

The Christmas In July team leaders have spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2017 event!

We have many fun opportunities for you to be involved!

Here is the tentative blog schedule where you can join us each day to see what is happening!

July 1st – Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – #EtsyCIJ 2017
July 2nd – CIJ Team & Wandarrah Team Cross Promotion
July 3rd – CIJ Team Leaders
July 4th – #CIJPopUpMarket #1: International Shops
July 5th – #CIJParty
July 6th – #CIJPopUpMarket #2: USA Shops
July 7th – #CIJPopUpMarket #3
July 8th – #CIJPopUpMarket #4
July 9th – Best Photos From the #CIJLovesJuly Photo Challenge
July 10th – Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2017 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Please see the CIJ forum threads because there are still opportunities for you to become active in the 2017 event!

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#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we are going to have 4 this year!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – 7/4

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – 7/6

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 – 7/7

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 7/8

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired articles by Guest Blog Contributor Judith of FabricArts? Her theme is Christmas Decor and one of the items she is going to feature is from Patricia of TheOldBarnDoor! A big thank you to Judith!

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TheOldBarnDoor

10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you!

#CIJLovesJuly

Please use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for #EtsyCIJ 2017!

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We are ready to celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017! Please check out the blog every day to celebrate with us!

‘Twas The Night Before Etsy Christmas In July 2017 – #EtsyCIJ 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

‘Twas the night before Etsy Christmas In July 2017 when all through the world Etsy shop owners are putting the final touches on their events!

The Christmas In July team leaders have spent the past year working hard behind the scenes for the Christmas In July 2017 event!

We are excited to share handmade, vintage and supply items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

We have many fun opportunities for you to be involved!

Etsy Christmas In July Team

10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge

Join the 10 Day Christmas In July Photo Challenge! Use the hashtag #CIJLovesJuly in the caption of your challenge photos! We look forward to getting to know you!

#CIJLovesJuly

Please use the hashtag #EtsyCIJ on social media!

We are ready with social media for CIJ 2017!

Facebook
EtsyChristmasInJuly

Facebook Event Page
Etsy Christmas In July 2017

Instagram
etsychristmasinjuly

Pinterest
etsycij

Twitter
EtsyCIJ 

#CIJPopUpMarket 2017

We are thrilled about our third annual #CIJPopUpMarket – a party in the streets of our blog! The streets will be shut down and your tents will be up and ready to showcase your unique items for you.

This will be an innovative and creative way for members of the #EtsyCIJ team to get to know one another and customers.

Due to the overwhelming response we had to our #CIJPopUpMarket we are going to have 4 this year!

#CIJPopUpMarket #1 – Tuesday  7/4

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Thursday 7/6

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 – Friday 7/7

#CIJPopUpMarket #4 – Saturday 7/8

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

Want a sneak peek of one of the Christmas Inspired tutorials? Here’s one from Barbara of MermaidsHatbox! A big thank you to Barbara!

More Fun To Come

We will share more details with you in the days to come!

We are ready to celebrate #EtsyCIJ 2017!

Head In The Clouds

Contributor post by Alicia from AlicasFindings

When people say you “have your head in the clouds”, they mean your dreams or goals are so fantastical or impractical as to ever come true.

Here at CIJ we want to know all about any cloud or sky related items you have in your shop.

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says as artists, we have our head in the clouds and seek to fly above them.

Tatiana dreams of travelling to every destination we ship a package to or design a custom frame for. Her art is an expression of her deeper desire to experience the world and her art inspires everyones imagination.

As a writer, Richard is a bibliophile and loves to post, message, and talk to customers about our products and services. Keep your imagination in full gear, we can bring your ideas to your doorstep using any canvas or concept you dream up, Making your dreams come to life is why we started our Etsy shop, we can design for any ideas you have in mind.

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Desktop memo holder

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said we have an interesting collection of antique stereoview cards in our Shop. These were originally viewed through a stereoscope to produce a 3D image. Today, these are great to display on a shelf as a fun travel prop.

This card features a famous lighthouse in Cuba, showing clouds in a blue sky background:

 

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Lighthouse photo vintage cuba stereoview card

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery states my “head in the clouds” goal is to have people be more comfortable with more color in their lives – starting with colorful jewellery! This brooch is inspired by a traditional motif of a bird. In my mind, the yellow bird is representing joy while flying and singing in a beautiful blue summer sky!

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Blue skies embroidered brooch

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio discusses that I love this ‘cloudy’ theme. I’m a space-cadet whose head is always in the clouds. Stock Lane Studio offers great sky blue printable art that gives off nothing but positive vibes. I like to think that artists and colorful characters would love to have this Happy quote decorating their walls.

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Teen word art printable gift

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium says this little guy represents the innocent child-like dreaming of us all. The “head in the clouds” kind of wishing and hoping. Many of us have sat just as this little boy gazing up at the stars reciting this sweet little rhyme and hoping that our wish would come true.

“Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.”

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Wish upon a star collectible plate

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said I have always been fascinated by the moon and stars. As a child I would stay up late , way past my bedtime, to watch them. This is a cute little jewelry box decorated with a galaxy theme and a blue moon.

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Galaxy jewelry box

National Book Lovers Day – November 5th

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

On National Book Lovers Day we are encouraged to find a good book settle into a comfortable place and just read the day away! On a chilly day, I take great delight in curling up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a wonderful book to read.  I enjoy the classics, with one of my favorites being “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.

Books have been around for thousands of years.  With a book, you have the whole world in your hands.  They not only have the ability to educate us but also the capacity to enthrall and captivate us.

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”- Mason Cooley

Reading is a common thread that binds us together in the fabric of life.  In the spirit of National Book Lover’s Day, the members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team share their favorite books along with a featured item from their shop.

 

pam colangelo  from PearlsVintagebyPam shared this classic:

My favorite book is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Eric Sloane.  I read this classic book as a child. I could relate to the adversity, being raised by a single parent with money struggles and the importance of Family. The theme of Overcoming Adversity was near and dear to my heart!

 

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The Cracker Barrel by Eric Sloane

 

 

Linda from LazyYVintage added:

I cannot choose a favorite! I love to read and have since I was about 10 years old and read Black Velvet. I couldn’t read enough about horses then. I think I read every story a 10-year old could about horses. Moved on to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. Later it was romance stories. My Dad was a mystery reader, so I tried a lot of Agatha Christie and Elliott McQueen. In high school and in college I took Shakespeare classes, reading all I could by him (even if I couldn’t yet completely understand some of it).

So, the reader digest collection I received from Grandma Ruby when I was 21 years old was magical. So many stories in one book, or in a series of books.

Give me a book and some time off, and you’ll find me on my backyard swing or curled up in my favorite spot on the couch. You can never have too many books either. They are everywhere here. Decorating an end table or shelf, stacked ready to read, in a box ready to donate to the library.

I still keep my children’s books to read to the grandbabies. We are working our way through Alice in Wonderland. They ask me to read to them when they spend the night. It makes me smile and know that they will be all right in a world full of information!

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Readers Digest Condensed Books – 1960’s

 

 

Lisajoy Sachs  from saxdsign suggested:

Oh, hands down my favorite book of all time is Ken Follett’s Pillars of the earth. First published in 1989 when I was a mere teenager. I read this book every summer. It is a VERY long book, but a great summer read. As a Historical Novel, Mr. Follett takes you away to a world of adventure in a time when building a cathedral took decades. This book embraces the reader to the point where you can’t put it down.

It is the type of book where you can easily relate to any of the characters and emerge yourself completely.

I picked the following piece from my shop because it is a type of stone cut into a “Book Matched” pair. Book matched means that it is cut from the same stone and it matches the same on both sides as if it were hinged like a book.

 

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Coyamito Agate Cabochon Tear Drop Earrings

 

 

Christina Paul  from lebeauchaton responded:

What a fun post! I could never choose a favorite book but I adore anything Jane Austen. My shadow box painting reads “I’d rather be at Pemberly” after D’arcy’s estate from Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve read and reread countless times.

 

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Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Shadow Box

 

 

Annmarie Scott  from PaperCloudSky said:

As an illustrator, with shelves full of favourite books, the one I have been re-visiting recently is Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’.
Why Alice? She is full of curiosity, knows her own minded, is always ready for adventure and she is absorbed in the wonderful world of a book.

The item I’d like to share from PaperCloudSky is a textile art brooch in a bag, featuring my white rabbit ink illustration and detailed with embroidery cotton hand stitching.

 

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White Rabbit Fabric Brooch

I have also recently completed a series of print and postcard illustrations placing Alice in a somewhat tropical wonderland – inspired by Alice’s adventures and my own back yard in Brisbane, Australia.
Happy National Book Lovers Day

 

 

Heather Barber  from MooseintheMint commented:

It’s really hard to choose just one book!  I regularly have a couple of books on the go, but one of the books that I return to is Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. It’s the beginning of a series where you can watch the children grow up and develop.
This coaster is great for those who like to snuggle up with an old favourite , a cup of hot chocolate and a roaring fire!

 

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Cosy Fire Read Book Coaster