No Tricks, Just Treats

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Here comes my FAVORITE holiday! (Yes I know I’m strange!) But I do enjoy it when all the little ghouls and goblins roam the streets in search of candy. We wanted to know what our teamies love about Halloween (and what they offer); here’s what they have to say about how they celebrate this special, spooky day!

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says

I love Halloween too! Love all the creepy decorations, costumes, etc.


Zombie Necklace Horror Jewelry Walking Dead Inspired

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says

These vintage  Halloween cupcake wrappers are perfect for your treats.


Vintage Halloween Cupcake Wrappers

I love it to see the kids dress up and search for candy not so much all the gory stuff though.


Halloween Over The Collar Dog Bandana, Halloween Pet Neck Wear, Halloween Pet Clothing, Orange and Black Dog Bandana

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew says

Love this cute day of the dead pups fabric…

dog skeleton

Cross body bag , Dog hipster bag, Dog handbag, Dog zipper bag, Cross body purse, Day of the Dead Pup bag

Halloween is my favorite holiday! This skull necklace would be perfect for Halloween or Dias de los Muertos!

purple skull

Skull Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Gothic Jewelry, Halloween Jewelry, Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead Jewelry, Skull Jewelry

A special mug for your special Halloween ‘Brew’…

Halloween is NOT just about getting candy.


Mugs Cups Halloween Trick or Treat Hand Painted by ME Unique One of a Kind Awesome Gift Idea Holiday Decor Halloween Decor Kitchen Decor

Jump into fall with our spooky witch hat wine cork reindeer’s! We can also make you a whimsical cork moose featuring these handmade ribbon bows and bewitching hat.


SPOOKY Halloween Wine Craft, DIY Whimsical Cork Reindeer, Wine Craft Kit, Witch Hat Reindeer, Fall Home Decor, Halloween Wine Party, Gift

YOKO from yokojewelry says

I love Halloween because you can enjoy unique outfit official :p
Here is little ghost for your 9-5 style!


Halloween earrings, Ghost stud earrings, Gold studs, Raw brass studs, Color resistant, Hypoallergenic ear post, Unique gift

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Trick or treat time! I just love pumpkins so I chose a pumpkin cookie jar. Store candy or cookies in this treat pumpkin jar.

glass pumpkin

Vintage Clear Glass Pumpkin Cookie Jar Halloween Candy Jar Vintage 1980’s Holiday Cookie Jar Thanksgiving Fall Decor Jar Home Decor Gift

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

Trick or Treat! Our digital download quilt pattern features cute animals who are all dressed up for Halloween. Stock up on candy- they might be coming to your house!


Halloween animals trick or treat applique PDF quilt pattern; whimsical skeleton or vampire or superhero or witch kid’s quilt pattern

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love decorating my house, inside and out, for Halloween! This colorful Halloween ornament features repurposed jewelry in orange and black and a cute black cat!


Black Cat Ornament, Repurposed Orange Black Ornament, Upcycled Sun Catcher, Hanging Garden Art, Beaded Window Charm, Halloween Decoration

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop says

My favorites!


Halloween Decor Cute Halloween ornament Halloween party favor Spooky Cute Felt Toy Ornaments Halloween Decorations

Kristen from KestrelCollection says

Halloween is my favorite holiday too. My Mad Max Fury Road inspired earrings are great for a fan of the film but also perfect for the spooky season.


Mad Max Inspired Earrings- What a Lovely Day! One of a Kind- Steampunk

Many thanks to all who shared, and happy Halloween!

Until next time,


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


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


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?


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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


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!


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

Member Feature: CorkyFriendz

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Shannon of CorkyFriendz, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.       

Hello there! My name is Shannon and I am the artist behind Corky Friendz, wine cork gifts. Born and raised in Oregon I have an innate passion for the Pacific North West and all the beauty that it holds. It is truly inspiring to live in such a corky city as Portland, and my handmade gifts are dripping with that rustic quirkiness!

My happy place is the outdoors! Example would be being 33 weeks along and being the only pregnant lady seen hiking in Glacier National Park. I love to make people smile. I worked in the school photography professional for 11 years creating yearbooks, and making memories. It was a joy getting to let out your silly side for the sake of that 3rd grader having the best smile for his fall photo.

Fast forward to 2017; Corky Friendz has not only given me the opportunity to stay home with my 5 month old son, but the privilege to create a gift that can make others smile for years to come. What a blessing, right!?! As a side note….I also am an 80-year-old woman at heart who pets every animal I meet, makes zucchini relish using my grandmother’s recipe, and can appreciate a good glass of wine after a long hard day of pulling weeds in the

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

Corky Friendz opened its Etsy Shop three years ago after my husband encouraged me to “give it a go.” My goal was to showcase corks with a second life as a wine cork gift to earn some adventure money. I bought a wood burner and learned how to use it; sliced my hand open cutting the charms, and burnt my fingers with lava-hot glue in the earlier days. I never dreamed I would be able to make so many people smile with my whimsical corky ornaments & wedding cake toppers! Each review, comment, message and note fuels me to create new designs that can brighten someone’s day. All of the corks I use are sourced locally from Portland wine bars, restaurants, vineyards, and neighbors.cf1

Tell us a bit about your products.           

All the wine corks used in my shop are locally sourced from PDX wine bars, restaurants, vineyards, and neighbors alike. We offer hand crafted wine cork reindeer, cats, dogs, rabbits, & moose to hang on your tree at Christmas time. Champagne cork wedding cake toppers, Mr. & Mrs. wine glass charms, and monogrammed wedding favors year round. We also just released our Happy Camper Adventure Line featuring tents, tps, evergreen trees, & beautiful mountain motifs on our wine glass charms/magnets. I wood burn each design by hand into the cork itself. This allows me to add any custom work a custom might request. The sky really is the limit. I have created coasters with a double hump camel, buffalo wine glass charms, and even a cork fairy ornament to accommodate our customers’ custom needs. I also use artist conks (it’s a mushroom that grows on the side of a tree) as my own personal canvas for larger more intricate wood burning pieces. I enjoy a challenge!cf2

What inspires your work?           

My inspirations are constantly in motion with what is going on around me. My mind is a sponge that soaks up every last image these big blue eyes see.  I tend to get a huge surge of inspiration from my travels. A few recent adventures would be stroller exploring Portland, Cannon Beach, Glacier National Park, and Elf (the movie) because smiling is my favorite.

Photo Credit: Jordan Shields

Photo Credit: Jordan Shields

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

This year is a big year for Corky Friendz! We are currently working on website; featuring‘s very own shop and blog with wine craft tutorials posted each month. CFZ also has sights on a few makers shops in the PDX area to host it’s wires for up close and in person encounters!
My dream is to continue our brand in local shops, vineyards, and private events. Above all, it is to enjoy each minute of the journey this corky business has led me to have.cf4

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

The quality and effort that goes into each one of our items (big or small) is phenomenal.  Being an artist at heart and having the skill of free hand rendering gives you originality you don’t see with some other corky shops. You also are not buying a mass-produced item. You are receiving a keepsake for that special someone who is hand-made by a local Portland gal who poured love into creating that one corky creation. You are buying a tiny original piece of art on each wine glass charm, magnet, and artist conk. You are investing in a family lifestyle that takes the big business out of our lives, and allows me to spend priceless time with a growing child that I would be missing if working a 9-5.cf5

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I started in my living room with a hot glue gun….Today my work space has blossomed into a beautiful sunny studio. Boasting tons of natural light with lace mobiles hanging in the windows; I’m surrounded by jars filled with bows, google eyes, and spools of wire. It’s dreamy to say the least.cf6

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Oh golly! I would tell my old self it takes one step at a time. Just because a door is open doesn’t mean you have walked through it. It’s the little things that get you to the other side. Looking back, each small step has carried my designs farther than I ever thought possible. I mean, when you see an order come in from Ireland?! Of course I want to make your wedding cake toppers; I’m honored!cf7

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Dive in! The journey of selling on Etsy has really encouraged me as an artist to, “Get out there!” more. The people you meet, the stories you hear, and the knowledge you gain is worth every keystroke.cf8

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I LOVE to hike. Exploring the sights and sounds with my little family made up of giant slobbery dogs, and baby babbles makes me appreciate the greatness of being submersed in nature. When the mountains are too far from home, you can find me in the garden tending to the veggies and a glass of red wine in the evenings.cf9

What is your favorite quote?

This quote is from the book I am currently reading, The Power of One.
“ ‘Do you think I can do it, Hoppie?’; I was desperate for his confidence in me, ”Piece a’ cake, Peekay. I already told you, man. You’re a natural.” Hoppie’s words were like seed pods with wings. They flew straight out of his mouth and into my head, where they germinated in the rich, fertile, receptive soil of my mind.” (Courtenay 74)cf10

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can follow Corky Friendz on Instagram ( ) for the latest “behind the scenes” look at what’s happening in the shop. Also, our new website at is in the works! Newest product lines, a blog spot featuring wine cork craft tutorials and vendor announcements are just a few things that the website will have once it is complete.cf11

  Is there anything else you’d like to share?         

Thanks for reading!


If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.