Daily Inspirations

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

We at Etsy Christmas In July love to see pictures and know what is your Daily Inspiration? Why do you make the items you make? What gives you the inspiration to make it? Your inspiration can be anything that gives you the creative bug and we want to know.

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says; Sunshine brings me happiness and inspiration. Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of sun in Syracuse. That’s why we spend time in Cape Cod. This is a happy plate! Sunshine and rainbows inspire me to push through life!

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Hand Blown Glass Dish, Sun and Rainbow

Aparticle Zwolle from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says; Raindrops falling from the rooftops.

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Aqua Blue Rhinestone Choker

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says; Inspiration from your senses come to mind. Sense of smell, sight fragrant flowers colors comes to my mind. How can anybody not see inspiration in crafting from colorful flowers? I love to share things that can bring smiles to others. Especially with flowers. I like to share them with my friends.

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Mixed variety of sunflower seeds

Cindy Blakeslee from AllThatCraftyJazz says; This pattern is for a cute crochet fox phone cozy/case. It’s perfect to keep your cell phone in or to make as a gift for someone special. He has button eyes and a big button nose for the closure.

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Crochet Fox Phone Tablet Cozy Case

Christine from heartfeltgiver says;  About two years ago we moved from NJ to a small farm town in IL with a lot of German influence.

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Biergarten Distressed Sign Wood

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphry says; I like to use color palettes as my inspiration or take a photo from nature and turn into something elegant using the same colors in the photo.

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Floating Teacup

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; A lot of my inspiration comes from seeing color combinations while watching TV or leafing through a magazine. Sometimes a new color combination will stick in my head and I will start to see it more – in a commercial even, on the new! I don’t remember exactly where I first saw this color combo but I began to see it more and more, so I had to make a new paper pack.

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Pink Blush Digital Paper

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says; Inspiration to wear! The word “Soul” in fancy script on a turquoise blue background is set under round glass domes. The glass dome magnifies the words underneath.

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Soul Inspiration Round Earrings

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says; I love finding new pretty papers to use in my creations! My inspiration comes from the designs on the paper as well as my surroundings like the garden. These gift tags are made with gorgeous Japanese papers that I love!

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Japanese Gift Tags

Dorota from YORNAMENTS says; My garden is my inspiration. It is not huge but it is VERY full. It is full of trees, evergreen shrubs, perennial plants, tall grasses and colorful flowers. The garden is full of rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and of course birds. They are my favorite, as they sing beautifully and visit me often on my patio. I keep watching these birds from my kitchen window, while I wash the dishes. It is truly better then TV for me. It makes me really happy creating imaginary birds. I love when they come to life in my hands. I have so many bird ornament plans to create for my shop. Here is just the beginning – Birds Gift for Her`

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Ornaments Woodland Christmas Decorations

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says; Inspiration is very important to me. I’m a painter and a great lover of animals and nature. I have two beautiful English Setters and daily I walk with my dogs in the meadows. Sometimes I meet wild animals and it is a wonderful experience. I also love to ride a horse. Horses are my great love and that is why they are important for my creativity. Every day I bring to my house a new bouquet of wild flowers that I then sketch or paint on canvas. I also love watching how my dogs play. I have many friends who have dogs and sometimes I go to the dog shows to meet them and share our passion. It inspired me to paint their portraits and capture our pets. We would love to have them always with us …

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Custom Dog Portrait

Thank you for all of you who took part in Daily Inspirations.

Julie

Gardener Gifts

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 
 Spring is busting out all over and gardening time is here! We wanted to know about folks’ favorite gardening treasures. Here’s what our teamies shared with us —
Our shop offers wine cork bird houses to add to garden for our feathered friends.
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Mother’s Day Sale! Wine Cork bird house – Mother’s Day gifts, housewarming, gifts for bird lovers and gardeners

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

I love adding decorative touches to my outdoor spaces and I especially love mobiles and wind chimes. This repurposed vintage tea-pot mobile features a floral and leaf pattern and will add a touch of sparkle to a spring time garden!
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Repurposed Tea Pot Wind Chime, Recycled Jewelry Art, Bead Mobile, Kitchen Decor, Sun Catcher, Hanging Garden Art, Upcycled Vintage Tea Pot

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Spring, my favorite time of the year and my garden’s most beautiful display. I love to play in the dirt so people say my mother didn’t let me dig enough as a kid. I live for spring! Poppies, bleeding hearts and lupines are favorites. Come see my garden! Here’s a planter from my personal collection.
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USA Pottery Planter Glazed Greens & Browns Unsigned McCoy Pottery Floral Design Collectible Art Planter Vtg 50’s Pottery Art Gift

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

We found this fantastic African Violet food tin over the winter. I told my daughter I was waiting for the violets to bloom in our yard to take listing photos. We are pleased with the results!
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Violet Tin Metal Canister “Stim-U-Plant” African Violet Flower Fertilizer Vintage Art Mid Century Advertising Shabby Chic Collectible Gift

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo said:

A decor that will make happy any gardener and any person who loves gardening! The perfect gift for your green thumb friend! A watering can, a bucket, a shovel, pots with succulents and a fence and you will even find a real wisteria seeds bag!
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Gardener wreath, gardener gift idea, green thumb friend gift, backyard wreath, garden themed wreath, garden themed decor, backyard decor

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

Short and sweet… How about the bugs that keep things in check in your garden. Love ladybugs.

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Bugs Bookmark / Fabric Bookmark / Dragonfly / Ladybug / Bookmark

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

I also love to be in the garden either planting, weeding, picking flowers, watering and just admiring the trees! Add a touch of garden to your gifts using these lovely cactus cards!

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

I am not a great gardener but I love to keep trying every spring to begin a vegetable patch. Working with dirt feels great! A great gift for any gardener is an apron with pockets. This one is made of sturdy burlap and says Love Grows in green with pretty green cotton fabric edging. A gardener can keep their tools or gloves and other useful items in the large sturdy pockets.

Gardening Apron Upcycled Burlap Love Grows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to all who participated, and Happy Spring! Until next time,

Sheila

Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This day is mostly about the plight of captive birds, but also about celebrating birds. This day is on 1/5.

There are so many birds in this world and so much to know about them. Here at CIJ we want to know what you have in your shop related to birds.

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts says I love birds, and they’re great fun to felt. Some of my favourites are curlews, pigeons and robins.

There’s not many come into my garden but I love all the ones that do and always have seeds and water available so they feel welcome.

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Red robin on spade decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said birds are so cute, I love to watch them and birds singing is the best sound in the morning. I planted my garden in such a way that it provides food, water and shelter for them, and I’m so happy that there is quite a variety of birds hanging out there.

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watercolor bird mini journal

Sue from SuesAkornShop states I love the spring time and when the birds are everywhere. I enjoy hearing the ships they make as they talk to and with each other. There are so many different kinds flying about and eating from the feeder and I love watching each and every one of them. I love owls, cardinals and robins are everywhere.

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Owl kitchen towel

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA discusses that I love to hear the cardinals in my back yard as they “talk” with each other about building their nest, raising their babies, and finding food to eat! Cardinals live in our area year-round, and enjoy feasting on berries from our flowering shrubs or the insects that they catch. The male cardinal has brilliant red feathers, but his mate is better equipped to blend into the foliage where they raise their young.

 

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Linda from LazyYVintage says is it spring yet? Robins are always one of my favorites as they mean the winter is leaving and spring has began. I participate in the winter bird count, where with the Audubon Society you take a day to track the birds in your yard or local nature areas. We feed the birds and document the ones we see on that day. Unfortunately, Robins are not on our list as they migrate and will only be back in the spring.

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple said this original painting in ochre red oils.The Emu is an Australian native flightless bird the size of an Ostrich.
I love to see these characters the Emu running around in the bush and the open space where the Banksia trees grow in my coastal village located on the East coast of Australia.

Emu cushion cover

Emu cushion cover

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms states when I am in the garden or enjoying a walk in the neighbourhood I enjoy the sight and sound of the birds. We have had some hot days in Melbourne, Australia recently. In fact so hot (mid-30’s in ºCelcius) that we missed the sounds of the birds some days. They must have temporarily found a cooler and shadier place to hide from the sun and heat.

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discussed that I am a bird lover! We have lots of feeders around the yard and enjoy the songs and activity of many feathered friends. Winters can be brutal in Michigan, so we have a de-icer in the birdbath. On especially cold winter days—Bluebirds come to enjoy the warm water!

Girl and bluebird figurine

Girl and bluebird figurine

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I am a bird lover, bird watcher, and bird feeder! In my previous career I work in animal welfare, so I am well aware of the sad state of affairs for captive birds. This includes birds in the pet industry and birds in the food industry.

I made this brooch (and her companions) to bring attention to the lives of battery hens who are used and abused in the egg industry. It may seem counter intuitive to make a beautiful piece of jewelry about a subject like this. However, it is different and eye-catching; and I’ve always found that people are more willing to listen about an issue if you approach the subject nicely. You can definitely speak out for the birds with my Hen brooch!

Chicken brooch

Chicken brooch

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE said I did a series of illustrations in October of girls wearing various types of masks. This is my “bird girl” – because who wouldn’t love to be a bird for a day?

Bird girl illustration

Bird girl illustration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter discussed that we love hearing the birds in our yard. We don’t have bird feeders in the trees because we have cats but we are having a feeder built on a pole that we will place away from the trees so our cats can not get them.

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says we are bird lovers and are fortunate to have swallows come back to our yard and nest every summer. They make multiple nests underneath our deck and we get to see their babies. It’s a nice close up of nature.

This quilt is a celebration of all animals and includes special rows of birds, butterflies and ladybugs, along with different birds in trees surrounded by the animal kingdom.

Animal print baby quilt

Animal print baby quilt

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said I love waking up every morning to the sounds of birds calling out and talking in the trees behind my house! Sometimes I lay in bed wondering what they are talking about.

Blue porcelain bird

Blue porcelain bird

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed that I love going on bushwalks. Today I went on a walk around a lake and I loved to hear the birds singing.

These are some paper birds I have made that can be used for craft, card making, buntings…

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Christmas bird cutouts

Ginny C from GRCTreasures said love birds, for the last two summers I have had house sparrows nest in the wreath on my front door. I get to see the whole nesting, egg laying, hatching and fledgling up close!

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that I love birds … and we have a couple of owl plaques in our shop!

I live in an area that’s rich with birds … and many species migrate through our area …

In fact, every year St. Bernard Parish hosts an annual bird festival in the spring … Artists & artisans, such as ourselves, show their finished works as well as demonstrating their various techniques …

At the bird festival, the LA Audubon Society capture, tag & release birds to gather info on their migration patterns … this is my favorite part of the festival because I get to help release the birds and watch them fly off!

Wooden owl wall art

Wooden owl wall art

Bislet from MerryXmasfromSweden wishes everyone a Happy Bird Day!

My favorite bird is the bullfinch. I even have a bullfinch picture on my mailbox! Bullfinches are extremely shy birds so it can take years until I see them in the garden. On very harsh winter days I might find them at my garden feeders.

Then I am happy for many days!

Did you know that the bullfinch has a special food sac? They have developed special food sacs which are positioned in the floor of the mouth, allowing the parents to bring back food to their chicks.

They are the only species of finch to have such sacs. Amazing birds!

Enjoy my Christmas table cloth showing bullfinches eating rowan berries so that you can admire them!

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

BeWitched!

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

Hello, Everyone!

If you’re one of those crazies like us who LOVES Halloween, you might be starting to get ready already! Also known as Samhain by some, this is one of the most magical times of the year. Samhain predates the Roman feast of the Dead, Lemuria, and All Hallow’s Eve – the eve of the Christian holiday to honor the saints, All Saint’s Day. The secular holiday today is known as Halloween. All of these festivals, despite their different names, focus on reverence for the dead, as well as a time to communicate with the deceased.

What do you do to prepare for Halloween, or celebrate your special ‘Bewitching Hour’? We asked our CIJ teamies to share their stories and bewitching items that show their love for this special time, and here’s what they told us.

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

No other holiday provides the fun and festivities like Halloween! Although we don’t sell anything specifically for Halloween, we love to see what the Etsy community delivers during October. From choosing the perfect costume to planning the perfect party, Etsy sellers have some of the best ideas around and shopping on Etsy is never more fun than it is in the fall. Go Etsy and get in the spirit!
We love to go all out on our costumes, visit haunted attractions, and see the creative decorations in our community.
After a long night of thrills and treats, kick off your shoes and enjoy your favorite spirit in style! We encourage responsible enjoyment of spirits in moderation and good company. Cheers to all of the responsible adults who make Halloween a fun and enjoyable holiday across the USA!
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Olde English Personalized Rocks Tumblers Engraved with Font Selection OPTIONAL Black Ice Stones or Engraved Stones

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

We are American, and loved trick or treating when the kids were little. But we traveled around a lot and lived in countries where trick-or-treating didn’t happen. In those cases we would have a big fun Halloween party, inviting neighbors and friends of many nationalities who were all too eager to wear a silly costume, bob for apples and drink cider.
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Kids Halloween PRINTABLE Welcome boys ghouls 8×10 digital DIY Halloween Sign, black red white handprint art, party decor, jpg pdf png

Suzy Tomlinson from WillowsAndMore said:

The thing i love best about Halloween is making my grandchildren’s costumes helping them transform into whatever they can imagine every year they come to me with there ideas of what they want to be and we spend time together getting their costumes just right.
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Kids Costume Broom. Broom Making kit DIY

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

I haven’t really ever been into Halloween as such. When I was young, occasionally people would come to the house trick or treating and we would give them some lollies. I don’t tend to celebrate Halloween but since many people do in other places I made these Halloween themed gift tags!
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8 Halloween tags, gift tags, party tags, pumpkin, spiderweb, bats, hang tag, party decor, Halloween party supplies, graphic 45

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals said:

 I LOVE Halloween! My Dad used to make our costumes, carved the pumpkins, and thoroughly enjoyed the handing out candy to all the trick or treaters! I made these spider earrings to go along with a witchy costume on Halloween.
Spider Swarovski Crystal Silver Chain Dangle Earrings Halloween Goth

Spider Swarovski Crystal Silver Chain Dangle Earrings Halloween Goth

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said:

My husband and I LOVE Halloween! When the kids were younger and we lived in town (we live in the country now) our house had the most creepy decorations around and people would drive from all over to see our house. We tried to do something different every year and it was a big event. The kids loved helping and now they decorate or do something similar at their own houses.

Eventually we moved and now we live in the country so no one is around to see anything, I miss doing all the decorations so what I do now is decorate my Etsy Shop Banner, my Avatar wears a witch hat, and I also decorate other online places like Facebook banners, etc.

Halloween Necklace Black Witch Hat Sterling Silver

Halloween Necklace Black Witch Hat Sterling Silver

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

Halloween was a fun time of year when my children were little! The selection of their costumes, parties at school and receiving greeting cards from family, all added to the excitement!  We live in Michigan, so we always had to be prepared for cold weather while trick or treating—sometimes their costumes were covered by winter coats!

We found this Gurley Witch Candle at an antique show this spring and were excited to list her in our Shop:

Witch Candle 60s Gurley Figural Halloween Decor Hunchback Witch Black Hat Cape and Orange Broom Unused Vintage Collectible Novelty Gift

Witch Candle 60s Gurley Figural Halloween Decor Hunchback Witch Black Hat Cape and Orange Broom Unused Vintage Collectible Novelty Gift

 

 Melissa R from missy69 said:
I think people love Halloween because it is a fun way to be scared, and be someone else for a night. I love to see all the little ones in their cute outfits, and I love Fall décor. Since my kids don’t trick or treat anymore, we have to find other ways to enjoy the Fall holiday, so we decorate. I love Fall/Halloween décor, like my painted sugar skull plate.
Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Painted Orange Plate with Gold and Black Paint Handmade Holiday Decor Table Wall Party Plate

Happy Halloween Sugar Skull Painted Orange Plate with Gold and Black Paint Handmade Holiday Decor Table Wall Party Plate

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

I absolutely love decorating for Halloween and live in a neighborhood where people enjoy decorating their yards and homes. I have always enjoyed creating my own decorations and have combined my love for vintage and Halloween into one this year!
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Halloween Mobile, Beaded Wind Chimes, Sun Catcher, Recycled Repurposed Jewelry Art, Window Decor, Halloween Decor, Hanging Garden Yard Art

Debra Bond from DebraBondDesigns said:

We’ve only started getting in to Halloween, as we’re in Australia. My daughter is 2.5 now and is beginning to discover the fun of dressing up, so I think we’ll really be able to enjoy it this year, but nothing too scary while she’s young. I created this invitation for those who like a spookier tone to their Halloween parties!
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Halloween invitation, customised party invitation, spooktacular, haunted house, digital printable

Jaclyn Machowicz from JacolinisCeramics said:

Halloween has always been a fun time in my house growing up! My husband and I just bought a house and can’t wait to decorate our front porch for all the trick or treaters to come around. These pumpkins from my shop will definitely be on my front porch for Halloween time:
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Tall White-Glazed Ceramic Pumpkin — Fall Decor — Fall Wedding Decor — Thanksgiving Decor — Halloween Décor

We had such a GREAT response to this invitation to the blog! Many thanks to EVERYONE!  We love the stories and the items!

Until Next Time,

Sheila & Shannon

Bohemian Style

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Bohemian, Gypsy, Boho, Ethnic, Hippie — whatever you choose to call it, it’s FUN!

In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohémien, for “gypsy”).

At the beginning of the Bohemian ‘movement’, it was said that gypsy girls themselves “… are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion.”

When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60’s & 70’s when major designers started to routinely promote the “peasant look” and selling a range of “uniquely eccentric clothes”. (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)

Fast forward again to the late 1980s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or denim to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like ‘hippie chic’ and ‘boho-chic’. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as “bobo” or “ashcan chic” or “luxe grunge” — with leading proponents including actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.

Whatever it’s called, and whatever the iteration/era, we L.O.V.E. it. We asked our CIJ teamies to tell us their stories about their favorite ‘boho’ style (or its cousin) — and share an item from their shop that represents it. Here’s the cool stuff we got.

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

 To me, bohemian means freedom or freestyle, lots of colour and textures. I would love to have my own little caravan and travel like a gypsy following the warm weather. When I was 18 I lived with my boyfriend in a transit van for two months then graduated to a small caravan and traveled up and down the east coast of Australia for 6 months. It was fun but difficult to get work with no fixed address.  Maybe when we retire I can convince hubby to travel! Until then I’ll stick to making caravan coasters and dreaming!
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Gypsy Caravan Coasters

 

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

 I was pretty young during the 60’s but did love the hippy flower power style… still have a side of me that loves the flowers from the 60’s.  Here is a ribbon I carry in my shop that reminds me of the hippy flower power days…
Flower Print Wire Ribbon... 1.5" X 12 Feet

Flower print wire ribbon

 

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

When I hear the term Boho I think of bright colours, funky patterns and flowers! I especially love flowers and i love the idea of wearing flowers in one’s hair!
I made these flower cards using boho paper.
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Bohemian card set

 

Nancy Duncan  from EponasCrystals says:

When I was growing up in the seventies, it was all about bell bottoms and peace signs, beaded necklace, clog shoes, and wild head bands. We called it hippie, but now it’s “hippie-chic”. Here is my modern version of the “hippie chic” style.
Peace - Turquoise Leather Necklace Bohemian Tribal Jewelry

Peace Turquoise Leather Necklace- Bohemian Tribal

 

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore says:

 I was an “oops” in my family; born several years after my older sisters. I was the recipient of all of their “hand me downs” – from clothes to record albums… when everyone else was listening to New Kids on the Block, I was rocking out to Led Zeppelin and the Doors. To this day, I have a deep appreciation for old things – passed down from generation to generation and I think it’s largely due to my “hand me down” childhood experience. I love anything with a story…

 

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Sugar skulls Day of the Dead tart tins set

thedelhistore from theDelhiStore says:

For me Boho means free-spirited. I consider myself one and am proud to raise my daughter who is 12 years old as a free-spirited young soul. We both love to dress up in bright colors.

Boho Gypsy Tribal Kutchi hand embroidered fabric

Boho Gypsy Tribal Kutchi hand embroidered fabric

We had lots of fun with this one, and we appreciate everyone who contributed!

Until Next Time,
Sheila

Hit The Books – A Back to School Preview

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

It seems just like yesterday that we were eagerly anticipating the last day of school and the beginning of summer vacation.  A time when our daily schedules would slow down and we could enjoy long leisurely family meals out on the patio.  Time spent together on bike rides and walks through the hiking trails.

After the festivities of our 4th of July celebration, I always get a bit melancholy realizing the summer is half way over and it’s time to start thinking about getting ready for the school year to start again.  Just this morning I began our ritual of printing out the upcoming school calendar and making plans to go shopping for clothes and school supplies.

But going back to school doesn’t have to be a difficult task for you or your children. I asked the members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their tips for getting the kids ready to go back to school that will make the transition a better experience for everyone.

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint had this tip to share:

Chunky key rings/key chains make it easier to keep track of locker keys and are much harder to lose – one of my teens lost 3 locker keys in 2 weeks when we was 14! He then didn’t get his deposit back at the end of the year.

They also work for garage keys, oil tanks and sheds!

Dotty Wooden Keyring

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital shared her idea for staying organized:

How easy it is to lose track of everything – when is that homework due, when is soccer practice, when is back to school night for the parents, when is Christmas vacation etc. Calendars and planners are great for school kids! 2016 calendars and planners are on sale in my shop, so it’s easy to afford this year’s and one for 2017.

Half Size 2017 Planner Calendar

Draco N. Knut from DragoninKnots  has this suggestion for college students:

Buying textbooks from the university bookstore is a freshman mistake. Start your textbook shopping early, so you can buy online and save money. Compare prices using bookfinder.com to find the best website to order books.

And here’s a book weight to hold those textbooks open while you are doing your homework:

Pale Green Book Weight

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage suggested this idea for getting college students active in campus life:

If you have a student leaving for college, send them tickets to a concert, play or other event on campus. This gets them out of the dorm and encourages them to meet other students with similar interests.

Vintage Cliff Notes – The Great Gatsby

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese remarked:

Planners seem to be all the rage at the moment, helping keep track of everyone’s busy lives! These planner clips are great for marking your place in your planner and have a lovely rustic feel about them.

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Rustic Planner Clips

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit suggested:

Learning to write and developing good handwriting is so essential to the development of young minds. To establish a good foundation, we recommend a quality pen. Success starts with always having a pen at hand and the best way to keep it is personalization!

Our deluxe rosewood ballpoint pens are lightweight, narrow in diameter, and include a rubber grip to provide the perfect instrument for learning penmanship and practicing it at any age. Personalization is included and you can choose any design or font in our portfolio.

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Personalized Deluxe Rosewood Ballpoint Pen

What’s The One App/Tool/Platform You Can’t Live Without?

Contributor Post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

We asked our great Etsy entrepreneur friends from the Christmas In July team:

What is the one app or tool or platform you CANNOT live without in running your online business?

Here’s what they told us!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

The pen is mightier! Technology is continually evolving and the personal computer has replaced the need for so many of the items that once filled our homes and offices. The modern pen represents an evolution from the crude objects used to develop the first written languages to more elegant forms of penmanship and the beautification of writing in more recent history. The pen was certainly being employed in the creation of the technology which has lessened our dependence on the pen. Yet still the pen is with us!

No matter how much technology you have in your homes or office, occasionally you should just turn them off. Grab a pen and a piece of paper and let your imagination take you where it wanders instead of going where your search engine tells you to go.

engraved pen

Personalized Rosewood Pen Set with Engraved Pen Case and Personalized Pen or Pencil with Your Choice of Font From Our Selection

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Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

I am one of those people who loves to write down lists the good old-fashioned way with pen and paper, of what I need to get done. This to do list is great for that purpose, keeping me organised for new items and any orders!
It can be put on the fridge, on a cork board or fit into an A5 planner. Tick off your tasks as you complete them.

planner

to do list printable, daily planner, digital, instant download, planner accessory, A5, planner inserts

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Veronika Škalákovárom from TapsikDesign said:

For me since I make wreaths and other decor it is a professional glue gun. And finally I have found a good one.

red wreath

Ladybug wreath, Crochet Ladybug, Spring, Summer Wreath, All Season Wreath, Home Decor, Wall Decor, Ladybug Décor

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Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady said:

The one tool I could not and do not want to be without is the Etsy App on my phone. I cannot imagine life without the ease and convenience of logging into both Etsy shops on the go and also hearing the ‘cha’chings that ring from the app.

The app makes managing listings very easy, from photo’s to content. You can snap a new photo, add it and you’re done.

An item from my shop that continually gets hits and likes (and I hear the activity on my phone) are my owl shop items.

Here is an owl bulletin board that would help even the busiest Etsy seller or buyer between home life and business – stay very owl’ganized!

 

owl

Back to School Owl, Owls, Blue Owl, Owl Bulletin Board, Adorable Owls, Owl Decor, Home Decor, Dorm & College Gifts and Décor

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I just purchased the Unfav/favALL app–and it is a huge time saver!

Plus, my wrist really appreciates the break from hours of clicking.

chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/etsy-unfav-fav/mibldfepmchoiladoa…

It’s much easier to participate on Team threads and Blitz activities now.

Well worth the $15 a year to use–one click Favs or ReFavs an entire page!

I’m always checking the clock to see if I can have items ready to ship before the PO pick-up, so a reliable clock is a must.

clock

Grandfather Clock Dollhouse Furniture 60s Ideal Miniature Faux Marble Decor Ivory and Gold Romantic Garden Scene Vintage Art Gift

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Thanks to All who participated!

Until Next Time,

Sheila