Lucky In Love

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Did you get lucky and find your significant other, soul mate or spouse? We all have our own word (s) for our second half, but what matters is how they make us feel. Some would say if we found our one, we were Lucky In Love!

What Lucky In Love items do you have in your shop?

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says as a child of divorced parents I always felt unlucky and rejected. But I got lucky. Met my husband as a freshman in college and got married as a sophomore. I have 2 children: 1 boy and 1 girl. That’s pretty lucky. I am featuring my plaster elephant bank with upward facing trunk for luck.

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Elephant coin bank

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said to be “lucky in love” and found one’s soul mate, many celebrate the date of their union with special gifts to their beloved. Wood represents the 5th anniversary, so I get a lot of custom orders to memorize that milestone. It’s an honor to create an item that marks such a special occasion!

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Personalized wooden jewelry box

Linda from LazyYVintage states that oh, yes. I ‘m lucky in love. I met Jim when we were 19 years old. We have been together for 40 years. He is corny and romantic and although it makes me roll my eyes sometimes; he makes me happy all the time. We have 6 kids, 4 in-law kids, and 13 grand babies. He has touched so many hearts (okay, now I’m being corny).

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Precious Moments ceramic girl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I ~LOVE~ reading the sweet stories above, of romance that has endured! I do consider myself lucky. I know I’m lucky to have found my soul mate, but I also know that it is our patience and forgiveness and humor and adventurous spirit that has helped us take what we were given and make it last.

The printable art I’ve include includes a background of SLS’s original photograph of love padlocks attached to a bridge over the Seine River in Paris. I’ve strolled over that bridge many times with my honey, and eventually also with our children. The golden padlocks are no longer there (the weight of all that love was too much for the bridge and they had to be removed), so this photograph reminds me of how lucky I am to have found someone as magical as my husband!

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Romantic love printable quote

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said after having enough of MEN –I went on a special ski vacation with my girlfriend in Austria ( where I lived at the time and I am from ) and guess what –I met my husband on the last day at the hotel farewell party. @e have been married for 29 years and love each other like on day one, he gives me the cutest cards for all events of the year.

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Red heart beaded bookmark

Betsy from Betsysbijoux stated I was lucky to have my soul mate with me for 38 years before he passed away Now in my 3rd year of new normal I am lucky to be moving into an artist’s commune filled with love. Sending this to wish all luck and a life filled with love.

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18K yellow gold horseshoe charm

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are blessed to work and live the dream creating personalized gifts and living life to its fullest. When we started our Etsy shop, we did not know at the time that it would grow to allow us to ‘Quit Our Day Jobs’ and be able to spend time together and with our kids. Our cups run over and we have the wonderful community of buyers and sellers on Etsy to thank and want to say Thank You and Merry Christmas in July! The perfect gift for Weddings, Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, & Christmas in July! We have stemless champagne flutes, trumpet-shaped champagne flutes, and crystal flutes available in our shop with any combination of our available design and font combinations. Make your gift giving personal and ship your package direct to the recipient with gift wrap and gift card services available in our shop!

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Personalized trumpet champagne flute

Richard from RichMakes said I always feel lucky in Love! have been with my partner for 9 years now! we met in Soho London. He’s an Aussie so as Kylie says! his favourite artist naturally “It was Love at First Sight”

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Hanging concrete gold leaf decor

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor states that I found my dear husband in a garbage pail!

We used to work at the same place although in different departments and on Fridays we did a 50/50 draw – you would write your name on a $2 bill and pop it into the draw bin (which was a garbage pail). I was the one selected to draw the winning bill and out popped the bill with his name on it. I had no idea who he was (he has a unique first name) so I set off to let him know he had won the prize that Friday. When I met, I realized I had found my prize. Married 36 years now I still have the bill I drew that day with his name on it.

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Romantic vintage postcard

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says Lucky In Love is loving someone so much that you love them to the moon and back… My children and my grandchildren are the one who I feel so much love for that I truly love them to the moon and back.

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Love you to the Moon fabric bookmark

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said I’ve been with my partner for 13 years now, and we just clicked from the first moment we met. We’d known each other online for a couple of years beforehand before meeting in the flesh, wishing I’d done it sooner now!

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Personalized love story print

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies states that I have been third time lucky in love for me!! Yes, third hubby, but it has been worth the wait – he’s a keeper!! Cooks, cleans, grows food – what more could a girl want?!

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Blue ceramic hearts

Susan and Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA says even animals can be lucky in love! Cardinals choose a mate, and then stay together through the nesting season, and sometimes for several years. The male shows off his physical attributes, such as the markings on his face and bill, during mating season. He sings to his potential mate, and even brings her delicious morsels of food.

I met my husband in college. I wouldn’t say that it was love at first sight, but he got my attention then and he still has it after almost 35 years together. Like the cardinals, we take care of each other.

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Cardinals pdf applique quilt block pattern

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said well, I cannot say I was lucky in love but many people are!

Lovely stories here and love the Cardinal story of love! There are many animals who stay together for their whole lives, so sweet!

Many people give their mates or potential mates gifts to mark special occasions such as anniversaries, or on Valentine’s Day to show their love to their special person.

Many of these gifts have hearts in or on them as symbols of love too and here is a lovely handmade heart necklace which would be a great romantic gift!

Purple lamp work heart necklace

 

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Pick Up Your Swag Bag – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good afternoon everyone! This is the fourth annual Etsy Christmas In July Party that we have a swag bag especially for you! What party is complete without a gift to take home with you to remember the day?

This year your swag bag is filled with Christmas Inspired printables that were created by Etsy Christmas In July team members!

Claire of CrochetHomeStudio:

Christmas Inspiration: Here is the start of my new Christmas collection patterns to crochet and knit. I decided to start from the top with this fantastic star design. Festive green lights behind to help make the star pop out. This would make a lovely festive gift when made up. I have chosen the full word guide and instruction sheet. Hoping I am not to late to join the party Happy Crafting to you all!

Emma of StudioEmmaKaufmann:

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas Guinea Pig

Gina of ArigigiPixel:

Christmas Inspiration – Long winter nights with show!

Kelly of ColourscapeStudios:

Christmas Inspiration – I’ve been inspired to create this International Christmas gift tag by the CIJ team members who spread across the globe.

Mary of StockLaneStudio:

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas means sparkles and lights as family and friends gather to celebrate and feast. SLS’s printable JPG NOËL design ads the right amount of pink and sparkle. Perfect for email and social media messages, but prints out to 11×14 inches or smaller and looks crisp and beautiful for cards, tags and wall art. C

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas Candle light printable stationery.

Christmas Inspiration – Christmas-themed customer appreciation tags: thank you for your order wreath.

Megha of byTheArtBug:

Christmas Inspiration = Inspired by my favourite Christmas Decor “Christmas Baubles”!

Patty of  PupcakesBowWowtique:

Christmas Inspiration – My family has always been my Christmas inspiration. We have traditions that I remember as a child and have continued with my own children. It’s a season of giving and selflessness. A very peaceful time of year.

It was curated by swag bag extraordinaire Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns!

Thank you for your collaboration!

Pick up your swag bag here:

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Musical Introduction – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party with a musical introduction! What is a party without music?

I would like to introduce you to The Choraleers Acappella Singing Group! They discovered our Christmas In July Party while searching the internet – it indeed is a small world! I invited Damon, the representative of group and the singers to join us!

The sextet was established over 35 years ago at Texas Southern University and performs Doo Wop, Gospel, Holiday and Motown hits. We have performed at private parties, weddings and at country clubs.

They are based out of Houston, Texas USA! Please contact Damon if you are in the area and are looking for performers!thechoraleersphoto

I also invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired musical items.

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says:

This music pendant would be lovely for a young chorister or musician to wear in a Christmas concert, these are all completely unique.

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MooseintheMint

Expressyourself with Jewelry from expressyourself says:

This Musical pendant is a great idea for the musicians and music-lovers as a Christmas gift.

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expressyourself

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

These beautiful sterling silver musical notes would be great to wear while singing Christmas carols.

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alustrousjewellery

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

A number of items in my shop are made from old paper, including old sheet music. Here’s a Christmas themed example.

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Gillisflowers

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

My music tree ornament is one of my best sellers… everyone seems to love this little music tree. The colors pop on your Christmas tree.

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ThisandThatCrafter

Erin Gille from GilleCelebrations says:

Musicians or guitarist will love receiving this bright red glass ornament. It is embellished with a handcut, glitter, black guitar.

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GilleCelebrations

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I love finding Gurley candles!

This sweet Choir Girl Candle is perfect for a music themed Christmas vignette!

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WillowValleyVintage

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop says:

This listing includes instructions on how to make a crocheted bell ornament. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is listening to hand bells and who can resist harness bells as horses dash across the snow pulling a sleigh?

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TheSandlapperShop

Sheila from hollyhillwreaths says:

I am always looking for unique items to add interest to my wreaths. I found this cherub angel with trumpet while on vacation. I loved the antique gold Old World feel of it. I created a wreath around it and love the peacock blue with the gold.

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Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

I loved Jingle Bells as a kid, and this tag brings a smile to my face, as I think “making spirits bright” is a wonderful thing to do during the holidays!

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ColourscapeStudios

Cut It Out

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many items that have cut outs in them, some by accident and some by design.

Holes in jeans, paper snowflakes and so much more.

Here at EtsyCIJ we want to see all your items that are cut out. Please tell us something about your item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says a beautiful find! A cutout pottery bowl. It is a signed pottery bowl with a cutout and etched design glazed a wonderful blue green on the inside of the bowl. The bowl would look lovely on a shelf, or as a coffee table bowl. I keep moving it around the house to see how it looks here and there…..just so pretty.

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Brown cutout pottery bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said here are hand punched paper hearts. Great for scrap booking, table scatter or party confetti. This would make a great present for a language teacher.

In a previous life I was an English teacher and had the opportunity to teach students from all over the world. Although I encouraged everyone to speak English most of the time for the sake of learning, my Japanese English dictionary came in handy when talking to brand new struggling students or visiting parents. I used it a lot when traveling to Japan as well.

Scrapbooking hearts

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios states I created these tags for last year’s Etsy/Plan Australia Make For Good fundraiser, which had the theme of “Making brighter futures”. My idea was to use bright coloured card and featured little cutout hearts to bring colour and love to those less fortunate. Collectively, the Australian and New Zealand sellers involved raised over $38,000 together to help young women in Sri Lanka build a better life for themselves.

Heart gift tags,set of 10

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this is a unique vase in 3D carved relief.

I imagine the artist enjoyed creating this miniature scene inside.

Made in Japan in the 50’s or 60’s.

Blue Bud 3D relief vase

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet said In knitting, we usually use a yarn-over (or yarn forward) to create holes & spaces. When done with very fine yarns, you get those ethereal cobweb shawls. When done with a thicker yarn, you get a lot more structure holding the “cut-outs” together – like this:

Pink fringe shawl

 

Concluding The #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Thank you for joining us for the #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun time!

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member small businesses for you to get to know.

Each shop at our #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight was individually introduced so please look in their store, get to know them and shop!

Here are the featured shops:

Kelly / ColourscapeStudios / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

SLS / StockLaneStudio / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

Richard and Tatiana / DesignstheLimit / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

I would like to take a moment to thank the CIJ leaders who wrote the articles! Please take a moment to check out their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

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#EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight – ColourscapeStudios

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Small Business Spotlight – Kelly From ColourscapeStudios

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ColourscapeStudios

 1. What made you start your small business?

I started my business because I didn’t find anything within the Australian marketplace creating what I wanted for my daughter’s nursery, and so my print’s business was born back in 2012. I moved into stationery in 2015 and haven’t looked back.

2.  What do you feel is your greatest obstacle facing your small business?

The biggest obstacle facing my business is the speed of growth I’ve had over the last year. It’s really taken off and I’m still finding my feet!

3. What is the greatest strength you personally bring to your small business?

My tenacity! I’m a stubborn, headstrong woman and once I start something I don’t give it up without a fight. I think part of that is making sure I deliver the absolute best product I can to my customers as well, if they’re happy then so am I!

4. What is your small business strategy? How have you set up your business in terms of goals, marketing, business planning, etc?

My strategy is to stay sustainable. I enjoy being a one woman show and so finding the balance in how much work I take on is key. I have several to-do lists running at any given time, covering all the basics like admin work, marketing and social media, and I sit down every 6 months to revise my business plan.

5. What social media sites do you interact on?

You’ll find me way too often on Instagram @colourscapestudios but I’m also on Facebook www.facebook.com/ColourscapeStudios/ and Pinterest au.pinterest.com/KelColourscape/

Make (Or Buy!) Your Own Valentine Gift

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

What a grand holiday Valentine’s Day can be — especially when it’s a chance to express yourself to a dear one (or secret beloved)! How do you express yourself on this special day? Here’s what our CIJ teamies do —

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts said:

My Valentine is usually my dog (who gives great cuddles and makes me laugh so very happy with that), but I love making soppy romantic felts knowing people give them to their loved ones.

Right now I’m working on some zombie Valentine themed felts (for the awesome geeky couples) but for fellow readers I have this sweet bookmark –

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Love Heart Bookmark – Needle Felted Bookmark – Valentines – Girlfriend Gift – Cute Gift for Book Lovers – Unique Bookmark – Literary Gift

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I usually make a card, and we often go out to dinner, but other than that … not much. This year maybe I’ll use this paper pack – lots of pretty pink for valentines.

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Pink Digital Paper – 14 Printable Designs – Scrapbooking, Card Making, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Valentines Day is all about LOVE!! My partner & I share bubbles and food to celebrate this special day.

Usually I make a card too, and these handmade ceramic love hearts are a great way to personalise and embellish your LOVE card

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Handmade Ceramic Heart Focal Bead – Fused Glass Pottery Pendant – 30x22mm – Jewellery and Craft Supplies – 3 available – DeeDeeSupplies

Robot Monster from RobotMonsterClothing said:

We agree, V Day is all about love. Significant others, our kids, friends, immediate and extended families, etc…

Here is one of several items we make expressing such love.

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Valentines, I Love My Crazy Aunt Funny Novelty Toddler Kids Youth T-Shirt, Kids T Shirt, Funny Toddler Kids T Shirt, FREE Shipping

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks said:

Valentine’s Day is all about Love!
Hand knitted pillow is the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day.

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Decorative Pillow, Heart cushion, HeHand knit pillow, Valentines gift, Two sided pillow, Wool Knit Pillow, Moms day

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

I usually decorate with lots of Hearts… I will be having the older group of kids in the Wacky Wednesday Fun Club make a banner to take home. I have been teaching them sewing and crafts for the older group of kids…

This is a sample of the banner that they will be making (they can make it their own way as far as the hearts go)…

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Valentine Hearts Banner… all hand-stitched. Hearts made of fun Strips and polka dot fabric. A fun festive addition to your holiday fun

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said:

I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking something Sweet for my Loved ones…usually special cupcakes!!

I think someone would love to receive this beautiful vintage Heart Brooch for Valentine’s Day —

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Vintage Gold Heart Brooch/Pink and White Gemstones/Aurora Borealis Rhinestones/ Heart Pin – 1980’s

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

Valentines Day is about love hearts so heart-shaped chocolates, especially foil wrapped ones, seem to be a welcome gift.

For those who want to give a love hearts gift that will last longer than chocolate, this red and white zip bag is a useful cosmetic purse, gadget bag or pen and pencil-case. A thoughtful gift and a pretty symbol of love and affection —

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Heart Zip Bag, Pencil Case, Zip Pouch, Love Hearts Handmade Bag, Red White Cosmetic Purse, Fabric Clutch, Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Romantic candlelight dinners with a nice bottle of bubbly, we really like Martini and Rossi’s Asti Spumanti. We stay home and make a special dinner and spend some time together, either watching a nice movie or playing a few rounds of Scrabble —

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Hearts Candlestick Holder Square Crystal Candlestick Holder Valentines Day Home Decor Vintage Lighting Candles Centerpiece

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I usually give little gifts or treats to our (adult) children. Just to let them know they still hold a special place in their mom’s heart.

My daughter (and Shop partner) searches out vintage Valentine cards when we go antiquing. It’s fun to read the messages and see the “old-fashioned” names. Sometimes we are able to determine the time frame of the card, if last names were signed.

Here’s one of her recent finds:

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Fairy Tale Card Girl & Boy Castle Crown Book Velvet Flocked Hearts Mid Century Classroom Valentine Card Scrapbook Craft Paper Decor Art

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Valentine’s Day has always symbolized love, whether single or in a relationship. We are all connected to each other and have love in our lives. For me, I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the traditional flowers and chocolates and have given my family cards over the years. I especially love the little cards given in school. It’s such a simple way to show you care. It’s also a way to start the tradition for kids to express love to others.

These forever flowers contain long stem red and white roses. These silk flowers will outlast Valentine’s week and are simply beautiful.

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Valentine Rose Bouquet, Red Roses, Faux Flowers, Valentine’s Flowers, Red and White Rose Floral, Red and Pink Flower Arrangement, Red Vase

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

To me, February 14th is not just a romantic love day. It’s about showing the love to moms, dads, brothers, sisters, new and old friends, and yes, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. Valentine’s Day is all about love, hearts, hugs and kisses. This lovely linen-textured card encompasses all of that.

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Romantic Card Valentine Card XOXO with hearts, 5×7 love you card for husband wife, extra 25 confetti hearts boyfriend girlfriend anniversary

Helen from MagicPatternShop said:

Sometimes I am doing the gifts with their own hands, but sometimes I buy.

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PDF Felt heart ornaments pattern Kawaii Valentine’s Day Ornament Pattern Wedding Christmas ornament pattern Baby mobile garland heart

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop said:

After her husband’s death, it’s sad holiday.

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Mini Bunny felt with heart , Valentines day gift, Easter decor, miniature bunny, little woodland rabbit, white felt mini plushie

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

We LOVE Valentine’s Day and have more listings in our shop specifically for this holiday than any other! We have a number of picture frame designs and created a special Valentine’s Day design sheet for our glassware and other products. Have your order gift wrapped and shipped to meet your schedule @DesignstheLimit  We love making gift giving personal all year round, but Valentine’s Day is your opportunity to plan the perfect personal gift giving moment, JUST ADD WINE!

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Valentines Day Personalized Wine Glasses with OPTIONAL Monogrammed Glass Carafe with Stopper

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE said:

Children deserve little Valentine’s Day gifts too–how about a sweet doll quilt for your favorite little girl?

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Doll quilt, pink and white, pink hearts, doll blanket

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said:

I make; my fiance and I always have a lovely meal with something special for dessert (as I love to bake!) and a couple of quiet drinks after we’ve got our daughter to bed.

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Love Is Sweet, Round Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Valentines Day, Wedding Favor Tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized packs available

Thanks to everyone for their SWEET contributions! Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

Until Next Time,

Sheila