A Little Gift For Me

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

All too often, we spend our time thinking of others and buying gifts for family and friends and, we all know, the next few weeks are going to be hectic. Perhaps now, is the time for a little self-indulgence before the chaos. The Christmas In July team would like to share all their fabulous items with those who are looking to buy themselves a little gift.

Margie Sarrao from ZenCatPottery says

At only $11.00, these small earrings are a perfect way to gift yourself! Featuring lampwork glass and Czech glass beads, they will add a pop of color to your day. The beads are wired separately, so they will sway prettily as you move.
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Red Czech Glass & Silver Dangle Earrings

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

My treat would be a cute little bracelet! This little bracelet is made of Turquoise Russian Amazonite which has Silver Plated Shells between the beads. I feel like I am ready for the beach and but I live in the Midwest, which is about 3000 miles from the ocean. Maybe some day! But this one is for sale!

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Turquoise Gemstone Beaded Bracelet

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says

My treat would be a nice book mark to go with a great book for relaxing times.
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Pink Gemstone Bookmark

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 says

I think any crafter would love a new pack of purple beads to stitch up into something wonderful…maybe peyote, cross stitch, jewelry, or something else?
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Antique Glass Beads

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Give the gift of personalization, especially when shopping for yourself. It is better to enjoy a glass of wine less often and in style, than to overindulge. At Design’s the Limit, we encourage the responsible enjoyment of spirits from the safety of your own home. Design a wine glass which suits your personality, we have a variety of glass and crystal stemware and stemless glasses to choose as a canvas for our designs. Once you have selected a glass, choose the font and design which suits your tastes and include any text you wish to including name, monogram, single initial, or popular sayings in the public domain!
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Stemless Personalized Wine Glasses

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

Enjoy some “me” and “family” time by reading your favorite verses from The Bible and sitting down with the family to fill out the numerous pages for recording wedding information, birth records and your family tree! A great way to spend some down time before the Holiday season arrives!
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Precious Moments Bible Family Edition

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

All of us experience the concept of the yin and yang in our daily lives. It always seems there is something positive pulling against the forces of something negative and we are forced to pull it together in unity and “work things out”. I also think that “making it through” whatever comes your way on any given day largely depends on your frame of mind and attitude about life in general. So, with this little butterfly yin and yang compact (pill) storage jar, you would have the constant reminder that no matter what happens, things do get better and can become beautiful, just as the bling this item offers!
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Pill Storage Box

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

I would buy a hand knitted hat to keep me warm in winter. It’s such a nice accessory.
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Hand Knitted Slouch Beanie

International Internet Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Where would we be without the internet? It’s so useful and handy to be a “click away” from whatever you need to accomplish. We want to celebrate this day by asking all of you to tell us about any memorable moments online.

Alicia from AliciasFindings says I love to read and was excited when I found kindle online. I do like the feel and smell of a real book,but its just as much fun to read online. You can find all the same genres you love to read, but no need to go to the library or bookstore (if you don’t want to).

Night Before Christmas Book earrings

mistycat1234 from carolinagirlz2 said my favorite thing on the internet is the NORAD Santa Tracker…it is so much fun for me, even as an adult. I really feel like I need to go to bed before Santa hits my country.

Leisure Arts Santa’s Great Book Counted Cross Stitch

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states we have combined our efforts to combat the single use disposable bottle by purchasing a personalized travel mug with the battle for the internet and joined Etsy in advocating for Net Neutrality with our Net Neutrality Personalized Travel Mugs. Stay hydrated, social justice warriors, we need you now more than ever!

Etsy sellers support the basic principle of net neutrality and have voiced our opinion that the internet should be safeguarded. We encourage policymakers to adopt clear rules that allow any business, including micro-entrepreneurs, to compete on an even playing field online.

From Etsy: “The Internet is built on the principle of openness. For the price of an Internet connection, anyone can spread new ideas or start a business — even spark a new industry. It is this democratic access that makes the Internet so revolutionary. It is what allows Etsy sellers to compete with much bigger and more established brands. It is what allowed Etsy to grow from a tiny company in a Brooklyn apartment to a global platform that hosts over one million sellers worldwide.” Learn more at www.etsy.com/advocacy/net-neutrality

Net Neutrality Stainless steel travel mug

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says for me, the internet is where I found my husband! If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be where I am today and most likely would be known as someone else. Thank goodness though that I got to experience that 20 years ago instead of in today’s time when everyone has to be so careful on the internet!

So, in celebration, let’s toast another 20 years of true love!

Beaded wine glass heart charms

zizzybob from zizzybob said I joined several social media sites, back when I started my Etsy shop, in hopes of using them for self promotion. I read an article about Pinterest that said you should post some personal things not just items from your shop, to try to engage your audience. I created a board showing some of my favorite pictures from my family’s annual Disney vacation. One of my favorites is this one of my granddaughter,

This one pin went viral. It ended up on many, many websites in all sorts of languages with tons of likes and comments. Disney world was also thrilled and ended up giving us free passes.

Items Of The Week: Hollywood Glam

Contributor post by Mairi from mairidesign

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Ultra Violet – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Ultra Violet.

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Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team has been inspired by the color Ultra Violet! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

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1. Ultra Violet Drop Earrings by Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals

2. Ultra Violet Cushion Cover by Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann

3. Ultra Violet Pendant by Mairi from mairidesign 

4. Ultra Violet Socks by Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks

5. Ultra Violet Ring by friedasophie from friedasophie 

6. Ultra Violet Beaded Photo Holder by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey 

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1. Ultra Violet Stuffed Snowman by Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom

2. Ultra Violet Brooch by Mairi from mairidesign 

3. Ultra Violet Bead Ornament by Marjorie Scenna from mscenna

4. Ultra Violet Appliqued Quilt Block by zizzybob from zizzybob

5. Ultra Violet Dangle Earrings by Kristen from KestrelCollection  

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ultra Violet board!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

Back To School

Contributor Post by Mairi From mairidesign

Ah, it’s that time of year again, where the children are excited to be starting or returning to a new year of education. Most likely, they’re sad that the holidays are ending but happy to be seeing their friends and meeting new ones on their first day. It’s a very special time for all and what better way to keep the memories, than with items from our talented team? And, let’s not forget the teachers! It’s a huge day for them too. Have a browse through the selection below and click on the photo to buy in Etsy.

We all send our good luck wishes for the little ones’ first day back to school.

Now that my daughter is grown and out of school, I don’t have to worry about the back to school craziness. Can’t say that I miss it either! Finding the perfect binder, the perfect notebooks and let’s not forget that some schools even have “recommendations” of what to buy that you must follow. That is not my idea of a fun time.

I do however, have a recommendation for you to consider! Back to school isn’t just about the students! How about the teacher too? Many teachers are seen carrying clipboards during the school year and here is a UNIQUE one that could be the envy of all the other clipboard carrying teachers! It features unique muted purple colors, a sense of nostalgia, is durable AND can even be hung on the wall when not in use. If your desk looks anything like mine, you’ll appreciate this!

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Decorated Clipboard

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This is a big seller amongst my teachers because of the inspirational words it speaks to them. I worked in the public school system and would see 90% of the teachers with lanyards around their necks that held keys to opening the classroom and cabinets where important belongings or school supplies were. This lanyard would be perfect. It can come as a one piece or a detachable (the key section comes apart). Either way it’ll be useful, yet fun and versatile.

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Inspirational Teacher lanyard

Going back to school and having to remember so many things, and sometimes being stressed, I think this would make a bright and happy add on to Planners/journals and Backpacks.

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Sun moon charm zipper pull

Being a teacher, I know I needed lots of things to begin the school year, just as my students did…

I loved my magnetic handmade decoupaged mousetrap note holder that was on my whiteboard. It held reminders, papers to pass back, certificates, etc. I knew right where to go each period to grab what I needed without wasting time looking for something that I thought I put in a safe and handy place…not…

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Noteholder Mouse Trap

This reusable shopping bag will serve well for a good while. This handmade market bag will make a great back to school gift idea for a book fan. Without a doubt, it will be a perfect gift to a student.

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Student Tote Bag

Back to School theme crafts are fun to create with these fun School House Buttons.

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School House Buttons

As a teacher, I see that organization is truly one of the keys to students being successful and confident in their abilities. I love love love pencil cases, and create personalized cases for students.

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Pencil Case

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Quilters are always looking for ideas to make their next quilt. Let’s suppose you wish to make a quilt for your child’s favorite teacher. Here’s a quilt block to get you started on your next teacher quilt, wall hanging or table topper.

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Schoolhouse Appliqued Quilt Block

This stone apple is a vintage find. When I found it, I thought that this will be an excellent traditional gift for a teacher. You can use it as a paperweight or just put on a shelf for display. A sweet and useful gift.

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Green Apple Paperweight

Hard to believe I’ve been making these over 20 years, but these are great for the walk or ride to school, and have an adjustable strap (or removable), a clip that can attach to a backpack, and insulate for hours. Several standard sizes, and custom sizes available. One woman returned to replace hers after a year on the playground! It had been dragged across asphalt, swung around by elementary school kids, and generally bullied!!! They’re great for keeping on a desk, kept near a lunch, fit into an auto cup holder, and if you keep your beverage in here with a tight fit, it won’t have condensation.

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Insulated Tote

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all the way to school! Our fun to make foundation paper pieced school bus pattern could become part of a quilt, a homework folder, a tote bag, or a mug rug for the teacher’s desk. Just use your imagination!

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School Bus Quilt Block Pattern

Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2018 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2018 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 2018 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

Cindy from Cynhumphrey

Lisa from SpoiledFelinesArt

Mairi from mairidesign

Megha from byTheArtBug

The blog contributors wrote great blog articles during #EtsyCIJ 2018!

Thank you for joining us on Monday July 9th for the #CIJParty 2018.

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Schedule

Here was the schedule of our events!

July 1st – Welcome To Etsy Christmas In July 2018 – #EtsyCIJ 2018
July 2nd – CIJ Team & Wandarrah Team Cross Promotion
July 3rd – Must Have Stocking Fillers
July 4th – Red, White And Blue
July 5th – Favorite Holiday Recipes
July 6th – A CIJ Year In Review
July 7th – Holiday Goals
July 8th – What Makes Christmas Special
July 9th – #CIJParty 2018
July 10th – Happy Etsy Christmas In July 2018 To All, And To All A Good Night! – #EtsyCIJ 2018

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We are ready with social media for a fantastic holiday 2018 season!

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Emperador – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Emperador.

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Emperador

The rich chocolate infused brown Emperador adds strength and substance to the spring 2018 palette.

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Emperador

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Emperador! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Mairi from mairidesign says:

Emperador is a much more fabulous way to describe this, abstract botanical fairy dust starburst illustration, than brown and gold. As you can see, this pendant is so full of life that I have a string of adjectives I want to use. It just shines with happiness and would be a great gift for a recent graduate who is, themselves, ready to shine in the big wide world.

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Do you have a loose fitting dress or shirt? Perhaps you’ve lost some weight and your favorite outfit is a little baggy? This garment cinch clip may be just what you’re looking for! If you answered yes to either of those questions, you NEED this item! Carly dresses and Classic T tops love to be accented with bling like this! You’ll be able to look stylish, and trendy all at the same time with just the right amount of bling this clip offers! It’s even great for light-weight shawls and vests!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Emperador board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in june;
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune:

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till all the seas run dry.

By Robert Burns, 1794

We each hold a favourite colour of rose and we may also attach some sentimental meaning to particular colours, but ultimately, the rose is seen as a timeless symbol of love.

The team have selected their rose flower items to share with you today, enjoy!

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

 

This hand-painted, heart-shaped glass serving tray would make the perfect gift, especially with the pink roses, which symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration, and joy. Share the LOVE…

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Hand Painted Pink Roses Platter

Sandra Darlene from SDDigitalDesign says:

 

Roses are my favorite flowers. They are beautiful and elegant and are an effective way to communicate without having to say a word. Roses send a clear message of love and whisper what words cannot say. They speak volumes in their own language.

I designed this floral print for those times we need to express ourselves but aren’t exactly sure what to say. Who will you share a rose with today?

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Printable Wall Art

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

 

Roses are one of my favorite flowers. I had red roses in my wedding bouquet and white roses were given to me the day before my wedding by my now husband. I still get my favorite red ones here and there during the year.
I love them so much that they are used in my aroma therapy machine. It smells so good in my home!!

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Pink Rose Martingale Dog Collar

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

 

Roses mean a lot to me because they remind me of my Dear Sweet Mother – both the sight and smell of them will always evoke fond memories of her. She spent many happy hours in her garden tending to her Roses and there was always a vase full of these beautiful flowers sitting on her sideboard or dining table! I love this beautiful gold Rose pin and I know my mother would have too…

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Long Stem Gold Rose Brooch

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

 

Pink Rose Stud Earrings – Pink roses are my favorite! Light Pink roses represent gentleness and admiration.

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Pink Rose Earrings

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

 

For Kids who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis — the kids cannot pronounce it and call is 65 roses–this charm is to support that cause.

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65 Roses cystic fibrosis key chain

As the rose is seen as a timeless symbol of love, I wanted to design something that not only symbolized love but also a showed off of a few of the things I love. My favorite color is blue and my favorite bead to work with resembles a satin bead.

These elegant dangle earrings are perfect for that lady who likes simple but classy accessories. They are light-weight and so easy to wear for a long period of time. A perfect gift idea! She’ll love them! You have to see them to appreciate them.

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Elegant Rose Stud Blue Silver Dangle Earrings

 

 

 

Arcadia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Arcadia.

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Arcadia

Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Arcadia! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Succulent drawing in arcadia and purple shades – a little accent to your home in very trendy colors. This botanical drawing is made with color pencils on an A5 size landscape paper, and is recommended to be displayed with a passe partout.

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

A fun little bead which I found interesting to work with shares a real treat as the color is Arcadia a cool, clean take on green but has a little blue along with hints of browns. How fun is that? As I sat at my table I contemplated what to put with it and there it was some of Jenna’s beads. She was there to help me out. Just like an angel on my shoulder to help me to complete my necklace. The glass beads and the Czech crystals were hers and as many of them that I have had, are now all gone. Jenna passed away a couple years ago. She dedicated her life to nursing. This is a final goodbye to her and her beads. The necklace measures 28 inches and pierced earrings to match.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Gemstone accessories are so fun, to not only work with, but to wear too! This cute striped agate clothing clip is perfect for year round use and is a great eye catcher when being worn! It’s a one-of-a-kind treasure that turns slightly baggy clothes into a more form fitting style. This not only is a perfect compliment to Pantone’s Spring Colors but it will also compliment you!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Arcadia board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

For The Pet Lover

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Pets come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a pet that is furry, scaly, a mammal or a rodent and so much more!
Those of us who are pet lovers tend to go wild for items that are all about our type of pet (think mug with a dog on it) or those items we can use for our pets (think pet mat).

We want to know what you have in your shop that pet lovers would want?

Marjorie from mscenna says I love cats and have a collection of cat themed items. Although I no longer have them as pets, I still enjoy them and love cat inspired trinkets. This repurposed jewelry ornament would be a fun gift for a cat lover!

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Black cat ornament

Lizzy from LizzysBibsandBobs said I guess it would not come as a surprise to anyone that I am a Cat Lover! I am also a great lover of glass – in particular Fenton Glass Animals, of which I have a small collection of 20 or so pieces. So a Fenton Glass Cat is the perfect gift for someone like me or someone who just loves Cats. This beautiful white opalescent Calender Cat is a fabulous gift for those Pet Lovers born in May!

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Fenton glass calendar cat

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I love all animals and when I found this cut Cat and Dog fabric I thought it would be great for the pet lover / book reader as my newest in my new line of bookmarks.

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Cat and dog bookmark

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I personally am a dog person (allergic to cats) but I have a classy cat key ring that a lady cat lover could easily fall in love with! Not only is it cute, it also has a lot of sass! The jeweled body glistens in the sun AND moves separately from the head too. This cat just reminds me of spunk and so do a lot of ladies I know! It’s definitely an attention grabber and a fun accessory to own. You may even consider it a feline version of Betty Boop!

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Ilda from lililapt said I love rabbits. They are the Easter symbol. I embroidered rabbits in baby crosstitch diapers. They are lovely!

Cross stitched baby burp cloth

Marta from GottliebTextiles states this is an interior piece for a true cat person. The cat embroideries are made with acrylic thread which is then brushed with a stiff wire brush to create a textured effect. Therefore the embroideries have a lovely soft feeling, just as the cats should be.

Cat cushion cover

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I love cats and having a little bling on my journals and as a zip pull on my bags is such a great way to show that.

French cat zipper pulls

Przemila from CanisArtStudio said I’m a great animal lover. My whole shop is for pet lovers. I paint custom pet portraits from photos and especially dogs, cats, and horses. My favorite techniques are an oil painting on canvas and pastel drawings. I also make pencil drawings. The ordered portrait of your favorite pet will be framed in an elegant wooden frame. You can choose any image dimensions and the color of the frame. This is a wonderful gift idea for any occasion and a memory that will never lose its value. In my shop, you can also find painted clocks, wooden boxes and other items decorated with the image of your favorite pet.

Custom dog portrait

Heather from MooseintheMint states this sign is ideal for a cat lover (I also have a dog version) – the first design said ‘Crazy Cat Lady’, but some people didn’t think that was appropriate, so this is version 2! [other people just thought it funny!]

Crazy about cats sign

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says for some women having something leopard print is a must have item whether it be in clothing or accessories. So, my thought for this design was if you’re a dog lover who loves leopard prints then why not accessorize your pet in it as well.

Leopard print dog collar and leash

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba said I was very surprised that many people get attracted to this little birdie consider them as their pet. But hey, it doesn’t always have to be a cat or a dog, why can’t it be a robin? Most important is that the pet gives you a ton of positive emotions.

Robin fine art drawing

Mairi from mairidesign states ever since I did an oil pastel study of a stuffed owl in school, I’ve been fascinated by their soft plumage. Over time, I learned to design in a basic stylized manner and liked to simplify the bird’s forms and made these stained glass brooches especially for fellow owl lovers. I may not have my own owl pet as yet, but I can visit them in their huge cages in Wallenstein Palace Gardens, Prague, whenever I like.

Glass owl brooch