Nesting With Nature

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

I am a big lover of nature and know I am not alone in that. I love being among the trees and seeing all the colors, smelling the smells and hearing all the little peeps of nature.

I know I use a lot of color combinations and ideas from nature in my works, so that you can have nature with you all the time.

What do you have in your shop that brings nature into your home?

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says I love to bring nature inside! Here is an item from my shop that led me to our woods to find some broken branches. I also used nut shells for the flowers, which is another nature item. Pair these with fake floral flowers and a silk butterfly to give it just a splash of color and you have a beautiful centerpiece!

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Faux flower arrangement

Nancy from EponasCrystals states we live in the country and always have an abundance of wild life crossing through our yard. My husband puts out sunflower seeds for the birds and we have squirrels, turkeys, deer, possums and raccoons come to eat as well. Here are some flying bird earrings to remind you of “nesting with nature”.

Bird earrings

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I captured this photograph during a relaxing and peaceful hike along the Cornish Trail that parallels the Hudson River. Scattered along the trail are old ruins of a once thriving estate. The old well has turned into a home for turtles and frogs. Brick chimneys and stone walls are all that remain of the buildings.

Abstract forest photography

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal said while my allergies sometimes get in the way of my venturing outside during the blooming season I still love the spring flowers! The colors are bright, bold and smell so good! One of my favorite flowers are daisies!

Daisy dog collar

Przemila from CanisArtStudio states in my shop, there are many items that show nature because I paint pet portraits and wildlife animals. But today I chose the miniature painted clock with cardinal songbirds, which will be the original Christmas decoration. In my shop is available a series of painted clocks with different birds. You can also order a custom clock with your favorite bird or pet.

Cardinal clock

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says I also love to be outdoors among the trees and flowers. I recently added these rose cards to my shop. I absolutely love roses, especially their gorgeous scent!

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Mini rose cards

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said I love nature, natural things, and being outside! For my Etsy shop I enjoy taking photos and incorporating natural items, flowers, rocks, shells, leaves, or just an outdoor backdrop into my item photos!

Sometimes I match the colors or exact flowers as in this handmade necklace photo to what is in my handmade and vintage items.

This necklace is pink rhodochrosite, rose quartz, and the pretty dogwood tree flowers match the sterling silver flower in my necklace design!

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Rose floral and leaf necklace

Aska from PaintingsGallery states I work from my airy studio from where I can look outside into the distance and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.I gain inspiration from nature colours & all the beauty in the ever-changing landscape which I want to capture in my canvases and share it with you. The beauty of the Island of Mull is my main subject. The island has been my home since 11 years now and still, there is so much to discover.

Golden grasses at Calgary art print

Susan and Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA says our quilt patterns are inspired by nature! This nursery quilt features animals who live in the forests and woodlands in Montana, where we grew up. I had such fun making the animals, as they each have a whimsical touch.

Woodland pdf quilt pattern

Alicia from MemaAntiques said my husband and I love wildlife. We live in an area where you see all sorts of birds and water fowl. It is nothing to see and alligator walking down the sidewalks where we live at.

Vintage owl brooch

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals states I love to be in nature and get always inspired with all the colors and textures there. Here is a nature inspired pair of earrings where the frosted leafs remind me of fall and the first frost.

Aqua leaf earrings

Candy from WickedlyCreative says I have a fondness for nature especially trees, flowers and birds. This owl I designed brings all of it together in a fun, whimsical way.

Owl pillow

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says I love hiking and being outside. In the summer and fall we go to the Rocky Mountains to escape the desert heat and see the wildlife. Last year we went to Jasper, Canada. one of my favorite places. As we were driving there, we spotted a mother black bear and her 3 cubs. What a treat! I took their picture and was later inspired to make this necklace because of them.

Bear Necklace

 

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Try A Little Leather

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Leather can be used in so many ways; clothing, furniture, accessories and so much more. Do you use leather in the items you create?

We want to know what you have that is leather or has a little bit of leather in it. Tell us all about your item. How is it used, who is it for, etc.

Nancy from EponasCrystals says I use a lot of leather in my jewelry. The soft deerskin leather strips are particularly useful for finishing necklaces, like this turquoise necklace. I also like using them in bracelet cuffs.

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Chunky turquoise necklace with leather strap

msmadmax from madmaxshop said vintage smooth red leather novelty belt…Prominently sized gold buckle. Shiny hardware…gold oriental medallion coins.

This is an authentic vintage (made from real leather) accessory to enhance your wardrobe. It is classic piece…unique, retro, one-of-a-kind gem that cannot be found anyplace else.

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vintage novelty red leather belt

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says a leather vintage purse is a perfect accessory to your fall wardrobe. A purse, like shoes, you just can’t get enough of…

Leather vintage purse

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler said I love the feel of soft leather and use it a lot to make bracelets. For this one I drew a pattern and cut out a creamy beige leather cuff. I cut a strip of turquoise leather and stitched a turquoise and silver medallion to it. The result is a OOAK leather bracelet that feels as good as it looks.

Cream and turquoise leather snap bracelet

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states at Design’s the Limit, we specialize in design and personalization of wood, glass, crystal, stone, and other materials including leatherette. In addition to being a more moral choice, it has a number of additional advantages to leather and does not crack or fade. Choose any of our designs or submit your own, leatherette engraves clearly and is available in a variety of colors. We have added wallets, business card holders, and luggage tags of leatherette in our shop and have received a great response for our clients. Leatherette requires little maintenance in comparison to leather and does not contain animal products, and is therefore seen as an ethical alternative to leather by vegans and animal rights enthusiasts.

Personalized luggage tag

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says this necklace is a warm pop of happy orange sari silk in tassel form! The handmade tassel hangs from long, supple leather cord as a necklace that can be tied to any length your heart desires! Wonderful and cheerful gift for any teen, wife, or you can even TREAT YO’SELF!

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Long tassel necklace

Shaded Spruce – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2017

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 2017 is Shaded Spruce.

PANTONE 19-4524 Shaded Spruce

This is a green you might see in the forest – sheltering and protective as evergreen trees.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PantoneFashion Color Report Fall 2017

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

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

This hat is handmade of a warm boiled wool fabric in Shaded Spruce. Shaded Spruce is one of my favorite colors for accessories during the cold seasons. It’s a warm autumn and winter color and it fits perfect with other colors like brown and black.

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MermaidsHatbox

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says:

The green stones in this bracelet are Moss Agate. The color is a great match for Pantone’s Shaded Spruce. When I made the bracelet it reminded me of a day at the creek. Walking along a tree lined creed is so relaxing. The agate is hand-knapped, which gives it a rustic boho look.  The earrings are glass beads in the same shaded spruce color.

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DesertDabbler

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Shaded Spruce what a beautiful color! This floral Shaded Spruce cigarette/glasses holder makes a great gift.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Shaded Spruce board!

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

#CIJVacation – Banff, Alberta, Canada With DesertDabbler

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff, Alberta, Canada

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My favorite vacation spot is the Canadian Rockies, specifically the towns of Banff and Jasper. The people are friendly, and I love the beauty of the mountains and the wildlife. So far I’ve seen elk, moose, grizzly bear, and mountain goats. One of these days I hope to spot a wolf in the wild.

Banff is in the province of Alberta, Canada, and within Banff National Park. Lake Louise, which has its own beautiful hotel, is nearby. From there you can drive the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. It is also located within a Canadian national park.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is spectacular and not to be missed. It’s like a castle. Although I can’t afford to stay there, I love to look at the art, visit the specialty shops, and soak in its beauty. The last time I was there, a harpist was playing in the main hallway for everyone to enjoy.

The Icefields Parkway is a spectacular drive between Banff and Jasper. It has towering mountains and glaciers plus you might see mountain goats, elk or bears. It all depends on the season and how lucky you are. If you’re adventurous, you can take a tour and walk on a glacier!

For me, it’s all about getting out into nature. There are hiking trails for every ability level. Some, like the walk at Lake Louise, are paved and suitable for everyone. Others are very steep and strenuous. I usually avoid these harder hikes now and stick to easy to moderate ones. If you plan to visit here, I recommend buying a hiking/trail book, which will have lots of valuable information.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

I don’t know about any special customs or traditions since I’m not Canadian. For me it’s the peacefulness I find there, the fresh pine scented air, and the wildlife that makes this place special. The people I’ve met have always been friendly and welcoming.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is my favorite place to have lunch in Banff. In summer you can dine on the patio, surrounded by beautiful flowers, the mountains and cool, fresh air.

In Jasper I recommend Becker’s Chalets for a great dinner. The food was wonderful when I was there a few years ago. There’s also a lodge in Jasper National Park that is smaller than the one in Banff but also a great place to go for lunch or dinner.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

Yes, I’ve visited there 4 or 5 times. Each time I stay a little longer and go a little farther north. I keep going back because I love the mountains and the wildlife. I’m planning to go again in September. I’m hoping to get good pictures of the elk and maybe a bear. Fingers crossed!

6. What are your social media sites?

Blog: DesertDabbler

Pinterest: DesertDabbler

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus: DesertDabbler

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 Shop – DesertDabbler from DesertDabbler

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1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

My shop is named DesertDabbler. It’s a perfect name for me — I dabble in lots of things, and I live in the Arizona desert.

Nature is the biggest inspiration for me. I love natural stones and wildlife, especially wolves. Most of the items in my shop reflect nature in some way. Pinterest is my second go-to place for inspiration. The jewelry artists there are amazing.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

When I first opened I had only necklaces and bracelets that I had strung. Over time I took classes and branched out into other types of jewelry. Now I have riveted leather bracelets, bead embroidery brooches and necklaces, leather wraps, and more. Whatever catches my eye and looks like it would be fun to make and wear.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love to make beautiful things and learn new skills. I take classes and have a taught a few, too. In the winter I participate in monthly Boutiques where I get to meet and talk to people about jewelry, rocks, and stones. And of course, sell some items, too!

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I like all kinds of music, but I tend to listen to audio books when I work. I love a good story! But for CIJ I plan to play Trans-Siberian Orchestra, especially their “Wizards in Winter”. My fave! And Mannheim Steamroller has some great Christmas music, too. They will put me in the mood.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I love mysteries! Right now I’m reading Ann Cleeves latest book in the Shetland series, “Cold Earth”. I usually read in my bedroom where it’s cool and quiet.

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: DesertDabbler

Blog: DesertDabbler

Holiday Jewelry – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Holidays in the winter season, including Christmas, can be an opportunity for such happy times. And those of us who like to decorate ourselves as well as our homes and trees often do this with special jewelry. We asked our teamies to share their favorites in this regard, so we can draw inspiration from their holiday jewelry celebrations!

For all those “little black dress” occasions around the holidays, I love to throw on a long, graceful statement necklace that adds a festive, swingy pop of color and sparkle to the clean look of the little black dress! This one pairs FABULOUSLY with a pencil shaped black dress to add a swingy, slimming line of shimmer in festive greens and golds! The tassel screams party while still maintaining a polished and put-together look!

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Green Beaded Fringe Necklace with Tassel, Jewelry Long Necklace Lucky Green Tassel Necklace Gold Green Tassel, Sari silk tassel jewelry

How about some ” fire and ice ” earrings for the holidays with creamy crystals and wonderful red tassels in leather:

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Red faux leather tassel gold tone earrings – creamy crystals dangles – light weight – classic design – 2 inch long – vacation -resort wear

I love Christmas (it is summer at Christmas for me!). These drop bead earrings are great to wear out to parties!

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Blue bead earrings, two tone dangle earrings, green, Birthday gift idea, pierced earrings, hook earrings

I love to decorate myself at Christmas as well as my house/tree, and green is my favourite Christmas colour. These earrings made with upcycled buttons and beads are a great festive accessory, and can be custom made in different colours.

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Earrings Green and Silver Upcycled Dangle – Button Jewellery – Christmas Jewellery – St Patricks Jewelry – Vegan Jewellery

Christmas for me is about shiny & sparkling things, like golden glitter in the x-mas tree or sparkly decorations on the table. This piece from my store is the most sparkly of all and it makes a lovely Christmas gift!

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SALE Spirit Quartz Druzy Gold Dipped Necklace

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers said:

I love Christmas carols and I always love to listen to the Carol service from Kings College. I used to sing in a choir and one year had the priviledge of doing the solo first verse of Once in Royal David’s City so it has to be these musical angel earrings.

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Musical christmas angel earrings, angel earrings, guardian angel, origami angel earrings, recycled paper, vintage sheet music, Christmas

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said:

It would be a wonderful Christmas Gift for women these gorgeous Vintage 40s crystal neckalce and bracelet set.

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Vintage 1940s Necklace and Bracelet Set Crystal and Ruby Art Deco Wediing Jewelry

Carol Braden-Williams from SilverTrove said:

How about a renaissance style ruby statement ring for all those holiday parties and gatherings!

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Renaissance Style Lab Ruby Ring, Sterling Silver Ruby Ring, Size 6 Ring, Ornate Gemstone Ring, Ruby Engagement Ring, July Birthstone Ring

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler said:

To celebrate CIJ I made two holiday bracelets. I used Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique, and seed beads. Here’s one of them:

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Christmas Bracelet – CIJ – Kumihimo Braided Bracelet – Red Gold Green Bracelet – Holiday Jewelry – Christmas in July – Long Bracelet

Batul from GalantaJewels said:

I would choose this elegant green onyx necklace. I think it’s both fun and glamorous and is a perfect compliment to the season!

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Green Onyx Necklace, Statement Necklace, Green and Gold, Mother of the Bride Gift, Emerald Green Necklace, Gemstone Necklace, Gift for Mom

Well, this pin isn’t for everyone, but we think it’s funny! (Don’t wear it to Grandma’s house!)

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Vintage Suggestive Pinback Button Metal “Wanna Make Me Merry?” Funny Gag Gift Unisex Holiday Jewelry Retro Pin

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

The perfect earrings for that little black holiday dress!

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Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

I love angels, there is some thing reassuring about them, one of my favourite songs is Amy Grant, Angels watching over me.

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Angel, Sterling Silver Angel Necklace, Sterling Silver Christmas Necklace, Sterling Silver Angel Heart Necklace, Gold Angel Necklace

Until next time,

Sheila

Gardening

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

I imagine some of us love to get our hands dirty with our gardens.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know all about what type of gardens you have,how long you have been gardening and anything else you wish to tell us that is related to the theme.

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says we have a large vegetable garden where we grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers & a variety of melons. Gardening books are absolutely invaluable to us, which is why we keep on hand many different types. We also have many flower and garden inspired items.

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Round Vera Neumann Floral Tablecloth

Dawn Whitehand  from DeeDeeDeesigns said I am lucky enough to live on ten acres in rural Australia and we have a huge vegetable and fruit garden.

Spring/ Summer is our biggest harvest, and this year was particularly successful. I have spent the last month preserving, pickling and fermenting the rewards! This has however taken away time from managing my Etsy shop – but it has to be done while the produce is fresh!

After a big day in the kitchen I reward myself with wine!! But during the day I take the occasional coffee break and sit on the veranda and enjoy looking at the garden.

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Ceramic mug and coaster set

Melissa R from missy69 states I love gardening! I wouldn’t say I am great at it, but I am always learning. I home school my children, and one of the best ways to teach them Science is to try to grow something. My daughter and I currently have a 3 Sisters Garden, that is corn, squash and beans. This is from a History lesson on the Pilgrims and Native Americans. So far so good, lol. We live in sunny Florida, so usually by March we can start the veggie garden. I have peppers every year, and tomatoes. But, this year we tried something new. Plus the all the flowering plants, to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. BTW another great Science activity is to plant host plants for butterflies. They will lay their eggs on the host plant, and then you can watch the whole metamorphosis process. Very cool! I love to paint all the beautiful things in this world, and one of them is below. An absolute favorite, the ruby-throated hummingbird.

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Ruby throated hummingbird acrylic art painting

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says gardening is balm for my soul. I love it. When we moved in our home on a corner lot there was only lawn in front of the house. Using the sheet mulching technique I converted it to a garden that now, four years later, has become a real paradise for birds, butterflies and other critters. Unfortunately the deer like it, too, and treat it as their personal salad buffet. However, that doesn’t stop me to constantly work on it, weeding, cutting back, making space for new plants. I love every season in it. At the moment I’m working on my backyard to turn it into a similar sanctuary.

As a photographer I love to take pictures of the flowers – if there’s a little bug on the plants, even better!

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Ladybug in Lavender Photo Greeting Card

Jenya from Veddma discusses this week I take the first steps to start the garden, and it’s exciting as ever, since we have a new space to shape. I have met with Gavin from Edible Landscaping Ottawa to help us figure out what is feasible to do in our space, with considerations of sustainability, cost, and aesthetics, using permaculture principles wherever possible to maximize the food-growing potential. I’ve been experimenting with various garden designs, including vertical towers and spirals over the years. Quite a bit of it is documented on my blog, here is the latest post:

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Spring flower fine art photography gift card set

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby states I moved into a newly built home 6 years ago. Unfortunately, the builder had stripped all the vegetation and left a pretty blank slate. I have pushed, planted and prodded little spots to come to life. Every year gets better and a little bigger. An addition of a rain barrel has helped my flowers thrive. One storm can fill the 55 gallon barrel to capacity. My trusty watering can is my constant gardening tool, bringing the sweet rainwater to thirsty flowers.

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Vintage large round floral Toleware tray

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle discusses I always loved gardening from a very young age; I even had my own patch of ground at my granddad’s allotment. Although I realize now how little I actually did!

I used to be a full-time gardener in a local stately home before we had our eldest son but couldn’t return to the profession afterwards thanks to childcare restraints. I’ve settled for making my own garden, which is finally starting to look lovely after a lot of hard work. Hoping for a lot of veggies and flowers this year.

Lots of my pieces are inspired by the colours and forms of nature. The brooch featured here is an attempt to recreate the beautiful full blooms of the peony plants which are just budding up in my garden at the moment.

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Hand knitted flower brooch

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler states gardening is a challenge here in the desert southwest but very rewarding. My lavender loves the dry sunny climate. My other favorite flowers are Yellow Bells, which are tubular flowers that grow on tall vines. We are also on the path for Monarch butterflies. To encourage them we grow desert milkweed, a very plain plant but one that butterflies love. I combined my love for butterflies and flowers in these dangle earrings. But these are Swarovski butterflies — also beautiful.

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Flower and Butterfly Swarovski crystal dangle earrings

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says spring brings wildflower season in Texas. I love to garden and sell wildflower seeds to share the love of gardening with my clients and customers. Only during the spring/summer I sell my seeds to share the color of wildflowers across the USA.

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Nasturtium flower seeds,edible flowers

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discusses that I have loved being in the garden and helping my dad garden from a young age. However once I moved out of home I have not had my own garden. I do have a courtyard where I love to keep plants in pots and attempt to grow herbs and vegetables. Unfortunately the possums get to the herbs, veggie leaves and strawberries before we do!
I have included this set of envelopes which feature flowers and butterflies and remind me of spring and being in the garden.

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6 flower and butterfly envelopes set

Jessica and Bryan King from FeathandKee says Bryan and I both really like to grow things. Sometimes we have success, others not so much. I always get way to ambitious in the wonderful Spring weather, then when the heat of Summer hits….  I always have good luck with Okra, Zinnias, and Marigolds. This key chain was inspired by the pretty flowers of Spring and Summer.

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May Flowers Reclaimed Wood Key chain

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique states my garden is a constant work in progress. We have lived here for 6 years, and each year we work on one piece and making it our own. In the past we have taken down bushes, rearranged bulbs, and started a herb garden. This year we are excited to start growing strawberries and tomatoes! Next year we will be tearing up our existing deck and building a brand new one, so that we can better enjoy our outdoor living space.

I absolutely love being outside and being a part of nature. This tutu dress is the epitome of what I love about being outside.

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Green Fairy Tutu Costume