Very Vintage

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage is a very big part of what is for sale here on Etsy. There are home decor, games, clothing and more. There are now things that are considered vintage from when I was growing up.

We want to know what you have in your shop that is vintage. We would also like you to tell us something about the item.

Linda from LazyYVintage says I love vintage and antiques, always have. Milk glass is a favorite as is American glassware makers. Fenton glass is beautiful and collectible. This lovely milk glass cake stand is designed in Fenton’s silver crest line of milk glass serving ware. So a lovely addition to your next holiday or dinner party.

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Fenton milk glass silver crest cake stand

NeatoKeen said I collect and sell vintage tea towels with fun graphics from the mid-century. I was first drawn to them because they made me smile. I am continually amazed that I keep finding “new” designs after a decade of looking for them. This London souvenir tea towel is one of my favorites because there are 55 people from all walks of life on it. I never tire of looking at it. In fact, I have one framed and hanging in my house!

Vintage Tea Towel London people

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states that I like Vintage because it reminds me of happy memories from the past. I feature many vintage items at 2aEmporium. This Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat from the 1950s is one of my favorites. One day I was watching a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show. While Andy, Opie and Aunt Bee were eating dinner, one of them passed a gravy boat. I yelled “Hey, that’s a Homer Laughlin Gravy Boat. It looks just like the one I have in my shop.” Now, while I’m quite sure that the gravy boat I have listed isn’t the exact same one used on The Andy Griffith Show…wouldn’t it be fun to pretend it was?

Vintage gravy boat

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says vintage tea kettles are special. This copper Revere kettle is very special.  My father in law worked at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome NY. I am featuring a copper tea kettle.

Copper and Brass tea kettle

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said who doesn’t love vintage books! This is a kids cookbook made in the early 1980’s. it has some cartoon type pictures drawn next to the recipes.

Kids cookbook

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Summer Supplies

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Supplies are the beginning to summer time creative moments!

Etsy Christmas In July team members are sharing their summer supplies with us! Seize the inspiration!

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

Flowers are everywhere in summer! I love bringing in the flowers for vases this time of year. This printable paper pack is just cheerful, colorful and useful for creating summer greeting cards or scrap booking those summer events.

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ButterflyFeetDigital

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I love summer time, the warmth, flowers and having some time off to relax. I have these journal cards which are summery colours. They can be used for anything paper crafty including scrapbooking, journaling, card making or other crafts!

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DesignedbyAnneliese

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

These hearts are so versatile. As a teacher, I used to hand out paper heart cut outs to students at the end of the day, with little messages written on the back for each student. Customers have purchased these 2-inch single-sided hearts for table scatter or to add to greeting cards. And they’re always practical for scrapbooking.

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StockLanePaper

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

One of my favorite Summer Supply is this fun Fruit Ribbon. I use it on gifts for those with summer birthdays and also to make a summer meal more festive by wrapping around the bowls filled with summer fruits. I also used a bright yellow or lime green table cloth and wrapped this fun ribbon around the table with a bow to give the table a festive fun summer look.

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ThisandThatCrafter

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Summer is such a great time for outdoor entertaining! Colorful decorations will enhance the ambiance of dining in the garden. Our new “Jungle Flower Table Runner” pattern features colorful flowers to create a vibrant setting for your next dinner party. This project is easy to make using your choice of colorful fabrics.

Happy quilting!

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MsPDesignsUSA

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says:

Everyone loves to go to the beach or dreams of a vacation to a tropical paradise! This little button can be used in sewing, jewelry making or other crafts to enhance a summer vacation inspired design.

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beadloverskorner

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

Spring Supplies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Supplies are the things that help us in creating what we all create. They are essentially the backbone of our creations. Here at CIJ we want to know all about your Spring Supplies.

Do you have supplies that make you think of spring? Do your supplies come in spring colors? What can you tell us about them? What are they good for? What makes them special and so on?

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says supplies is what I do!! As a gem dealer and jeweler I have noticed a serious trend this year and that is TOURMALINE!!! So far this year, I have sold more Tourmaline than any other gemstone. Here is a really great example of one of the over the top simply gorgeous pair of Watermelon tourmaline Gemstones that can be used in a lovely design. I have many different colors and designs to choose from in my shop, and continue to list more and more items daily. One of the most popular this year is Indicolite Tourmaline which is on of the most rare colors for tourmaline BLUE.

Watermelon Tourmaline Cabochon

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said of course, spring makes me think of flowers! One of the most beautiful things about a beautiful season! This set of digital papers has floral designs as well as dots and stripes. The colors are purple, lavender and mint – perfect for spring bulbs. The set would be good for scrap booking and spring card making.

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Purple flower digital scrapbook pack

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese states that spring is my most favourite time of the year! I love the flowers especially and the warmer weather. I made this paper pack with spring in mind. I included flowers, butterflies and lovely spring themed papers ready to use for craft projects, snail mail, scrapbooking, journaling. I included bright colours which make me think of Spring!

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Flower paper pack

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I love spring pastels, and the art and craft projects that result when parents and kids, grandparents and grandchildren, teachers and students, sit around a table and create! Our hand punched hearts in our supply shop, Stock Lane Paper, have so many uses. Using recycled paper, these colorful hearts have the right amount of pastel with just a touch of glitter to add sparkle to your best project ever.

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Colorful paper heart tags

Judith Messenger from FabriArts said when I think of spring, I think of all the leaves and flowers that start to bloom.

Silken Chenille thread is great for creating those leaves and flowers in thread. It’s got lots of texture, so can really make those flowers stand out from your embroidered piece! Use it for spider web roses, outlining wool applique pieces with straight stitches or for straight stitches on linen or needlepoint canvas.

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Silken chenille thread

Agnes Keh from DeStashAttic said spring makes me think of leaves and flowers too.

These very rare vintage reverse carved painted floral sew on beads are perfect for spring! They can be sewed onto fabrics to make unique bags and purses or decorate any sewing projects, but I used them to make lovely jewelry! As they came with front drilled holes on top and button, great as connector beads!

Vintage Plastic Beads

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said I love Spring – it is the time for regrowth and new warmth after months of dormancy.

These clear flower beads are very ‘Spring’ and are great because they are transparent, so that whatever spring colour you thread through them will be visible! How Springy is that!!

Clear Faceted Loose Flower Acrylic Beads

Clear Faceted Loose Flower Acrylic Beads

Cards From The Heart

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
I know I love to give and receive cards, and not just for holidays and special occasions. My favorite kind of card is one when the person just sends it to show they were thinking about you.

Its a small gesture, but to me the little things tend to mean a lot!

Members of Etsy Christmas In July team share this sentiment!
My cards all start with fabric! I love to sew and embroider, so creating my “Crazy Quilt” cards gives me an opportunity to embroider with some of my extensive thread and ribbon collection on a small project. This embroidery piece was mounted in a card with a heart opening, making it perfect to send to someone you love. Use it for Valentine’s Day, and anniversary, engagement or just to let someone know you are thinking about them!

FabriArts

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I enjoyed making this card. Basically it is a pull out card inside its own envelope. I made it in mind for a birthday or gift card but it could be used for so many reasons!

DesignedbyAnneliese

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

This is a card making kit which also includes a printable Mother’s Day card. It reminds me of my own Mom because of her love for being out working in the flowers all day.

ButterflyFeetDigital

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I use much of my farm life photography to create blank note cards.

I think this image is one of my personal favorites as the girls in the picture go everywhere together. Perfect card to send to a best friend to say hello and let them know you are thinking of them.

TheOldBarnDoor

Small Wonders

Post contributor from Julie at EveryoneLovesGifts0

As we are surrounded by great makers who make all wonderful items,
* I was wondering what small items do you make?
* Do you like making small items?
* Do your small items sell well?
* Which is your best selling item?

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says; “..See how much happiness,
The small things hide.
Let’s enjoy the little things,
Because the rules for bliss is written in them!”
This is the lyrics of my favorite song!

In my shop are popular small oil paintings and custom pet portraits. I love painting them and I have designed a series of miniature painted wall clocks. This is the new in my shop. The dimensions of this clock are just that 6 x 7 inch. This small wall clock can be the decoration of the home or office interior and of course the souvenir of a beautiful moment. This is a very personalized gift!
Also little things are easy to send and shipping is not expensive.

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Small Painted Clock

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says; My favorite things to make are quilts, but when cutting out the pieces for a quilt, there are always small pieces of fabric left over. I’ve found the perfect things to make with these smaller pieces are these little purse accessories – business card/credit card wallets and travel tissue covers. The Laurel Burch fabric used in this set is particularly popular.

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Kleenex Case and Credit Card Set

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says; Our Etsy Paper and Supply shop, Stock Lane Paper, designs printable mini cards that are just perfect for adding to gift baskets or using as thank you notes for Etsy orders! Many of our printable cards are customizable, so just let us know what you have in mind and we can work with you to create just the right design.

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Printable Thank You Cards

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says; I sell vintage including miniatures. These are really popular as customers use them as office desk decor, windowsill decor, gifts for friends, and a cute something for their vanity.

The most popular vintage miniatures are copper and pretty salt cellars. The copper items sell almost as soon as I list them, though they are hard to find.
My salt cellars are more common, but can be used for more than a salt dish. These can hold rings, small jewelry, or use to put herbs in while cooking.

I like selling miniatures because storing & shipping are so much easier and quicker.

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Turquoise Glass Salt Cellar

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; This is a business card size printable shop thank you note – to slip in with orders. It’s fairly new, has not sold yet – but I’m hopeful!

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Printable Shop Thank You Card

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says; Small gemstones are always a big seller for me, and with the stacking ring trend that seems to be never ending I can make any birthstone ring in a tiny gemstone set in silver.

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Padparascha Sapphire Ring Sterling Silver

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says; I have a range of mini envelopes in store. I think they are great to use for the tooth fairy or little love notes! Some have been used for weddings for guests to write messages and others for using in snail mail. I enjoy making them and I find that they are good sellers!

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Pastel Floral Mini Envelopes

Christine from cwagenblass9 says; I created miniature bonnet toppers for decorating cupcakes. A nice way of celebrating spring events/tea parties etc.

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Cupcake toppers ladies hat derby party decor

friedasophie from friedasophie says; I love making delicate small unusual pieces like the below piece, which is my current best seller. They are small and simple and and can be worn every day, like a 2nd skin!

Tiny Upside Down Earring

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says; This is a cute fishing gear collar designed for a small dog/puppy. Small dogs need to have their accessories as well so creating something in a small size for them was a work of love!

Fishing Mini Dog Collar

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says; I’ve always been a beading maniac for as long as I can remember! My favorite supplies to work with are beads and textile–namely up cycled sari silk. These elements come together joyfully in some of the small wonders in my shop!

I make (mostly) jewelry and so I spend a lot of time working with tiny beads to create small products that can be worn. Some of my quickest moving “small wonders” are my tassel earrings. They give a tiny bit of festive fringe to your look without overpowering your overall ensemble! Say, “Hello” to your New Favorite Pair of Earrin

Fringe Earrings

Dina StyleKnits from DinaStyleKnits says; My favorite items are knitted scarves, but I like to make small items too. I like to make small beaded brooches for my scarves and shawls. For example, this red brooch with glass beads was sold several times. This is my brooch bestseller. I like this small things, because of they add interesting and special accent to simple clothes.

Red Brooch

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says; I make origami jewellery and most is flower themed. I very rarely use paper more than 2″ square and for a piece such as this where the flowers measure between 3/8th and 3/4 of an inch with the smallest folded from squares of paper measuring 3/4″. I love folding such small flowers but I usually have to throw at least 3 away for every one that is usable

Vintage Floral Pendant

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says; I sell these wine charms that go around your wine glass stem.
These are great so that you will never lose your glass at a party again. They make great gifts.

Wine Charms

Tatiana Burka from FoxFamilyBoutique says; I make mini busy boards for kids. Size 20 to 30 cm. Now this type of goods I have the best selling.

Sensory Board

Thank you to everyone who took part and showed me all your Small Wonders!

 

Cleaning House

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

Have you ever read (or thought you should read) The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up? (www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/…) it’s great inspiration for decluttering! Whether it’s scrubbing or just reorganizing the piles, we wondered what folks thought about the subject of  Cleaning House. Here’s what our Etsy Christmas In July friends shared!

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I love Marie Kondo’s methods and even mention her on our Profile Page! We try to fill our shop with items that “Spark Joy!” This fun Arm & Hammer Chart shows “recipes” for cleaning nearly everything under the sun with baking soda! Now, you can “declutter” by tossing those expensive products stored in the cupboard! Baking soda does the trick from burned on food to bait buckets!
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Arm and Hammer Baking Soda Advertising Vintage 50s Outdoor Cleaning Chart Ad Litho Cardboard Dial “Carefree Camping” Fun Guide Kitschy Gift

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Well about cleaning: Etsy was all over my house. The girls at work encouraged me to move my work space from the kitchen table to the family room. It has really freed us up. Here’s a broom to help clean in the small areas. It is old and hand painted with real straw!
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Straw Hanging Hand Broom Wooden Spool Painted Lady With Strap Mid Century Antique Spool Art Primitive Rustic Farmhouse Decor Gift

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

I have two daughters, both creative souls and both members of the Stock Lane Studio team. One is highly organized and a whiz when it comes to placement and design. Another claims to have a method to her cluttered madness but that remains to be seen. Little by little though, her household clutter is being whittled away. Revealing mounds of dust bunnies that are making her wish she had never tackled the clutter in the first place! We all know someone who needs a sign like this.
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Kids room Decor Printable Warning disaster Zone sign, digital Black Red Party Décor, Teen Room sig, digital sign for him her messy room 8×10

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna said:

Sometimes when you are cleaning and organizing, you end up with a lot of tiny things that need homes. I love using vintage and repurposed items on my dresser to store cosmetics, jewelry and other small items. This bird patterned repurposed trinket dish is great for holding jewelry, keys and other items.
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Bird Trinket Dish, Repurposed Jewelry Holder, Upcycled Tiered Candy Dish, Recycled Dish Bird Feeder, Potpourri Holder, Ceramic Dresser Tray

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

 My printable calendars are something I use for myself all the time. I have found it really helpful to write it down on the day I do those certain routine chores – because a few days afterward I simply won’t remember when a chore needs to be done again. So, my calendars don’t just have doctor appointments, or call a friend this week. I know from a glance when to clean the shower again, or change the kitty litter! I love the simple usefulness of a calendar I can scribble whatever I need to on!
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SALE – 2017 Printable Calendar – New Chevron Design, Instant Download, Letter Size, JPG 300 dpi

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset said:

 Cleaning…Yuck!

I would bet that cleaning and organizing is not at the top of anyone’s to do list. It is a necessary evil.

Here are some fun facts about cleaning…

1. You can burn 100 calories for each hour of cleaning. (I need to lose weight, but this would not be my first choice for doing it.)

2. By simply disinfecting your desk frequently, you can reduce sick days in the office by 30%. (N/A I am retired)

3. Dust particles are comprised of 70% dead skin flakes. (YUCK!!!)

4. Office phones have over 25 000 germs per square inch. (Going to clean my phone right NOW!)

5. For antibacterial cleaner to be effective it must be left on surfaces for 30 to 60 seconds before wiping away. (Thanks, I didn’t know this.)

6. The air quality in a closed space can be up to 500% worse than outdoors. (News to me.)

7. Most offices contain 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. (Glad I am retired for sure!)

8. One square metre of carpet can hold approximately 1kg of dirt. (Someone want to convert this for me?)

9. The average woman cleans for 12, 896 hours in her lifetime, while men clean an average of 6, 448 hours. (What’s up with this?)

10. Typical office workers hands come in contact with 10 million bacteria per day. (Again, retired.)

Source:
www.forbes.com
www.howstuffworks.com
www.disinfecttoprotect.com

I believe everyone should have a pretty and unique container for their trash in every room. Here is one for starters…

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Basket Wicker Wastepaper With Rust and Gold Ribbon BowUnique Vintage White Wicker Collector Awesome Gift Idea Bedroom Bathroom Basket

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese said:

 Well I have been tidying up and decluttering the past few weeks as I prepare to move houses! Part of this process has been going through clothes and some have needed buttons sewn back on. So here are some fun buttons!
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Novelty buttons, mixed buttons, teapots, hearts, flowers, flat back, set of 15

Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake said:

 This isn’t cleaning house, but it is a good way to clean out some of the craft beads and charms that you have left over from other projects.

Love these wine charms that you put on your glass so that you never forget whose glass is whose at a party.

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Wine charms, beach glass wine charms, sea glass wine charms, nautical wine charms, unique wine charms

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns said:

Nothing makes you clean house like the hormones that cause “nesting” in the second trimester of pregnancy! When pregnant with my first, my husband found me in the middle of the night climbing in the pantry to organize all of our party serving ware for the Baptism party we were going to throw four months later!

He also found me organizing (and reorganizing!!) all our food in the pantry! Stockpiling the faves and making donation bags constantly!

This time around, my home studio is getting tons of attention! It’s been VERY fruitful to organize beads and see what I really have in stock and what I need to order (vs just guessing)! The hormones have also inspired me to set up a more productive and consistent photography light box that is always ready to go!

That–and again, hoarding a bunker of our favorite foods!! I think my subconscious is worried about us starving to death when a new baby comes lol!

Here’s a tribute to all those pregnant mommies out there riding the highs and lows of those hormones that make us glow and grow!!! A new collection of mine inspired by the baby under my heart–a pregnancy tracking bracelet to help you keep time of your little one’s approaching birthday! A great baby shower gift or treat for yourself! You deserve it after all that life changing magic of mid night tidying!

Pickles and Ice cream maternity bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to those who shared their thoughts and great items with us!

Until next time,

Sheila