Summer Hobbies

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us have at least one hobby that we do in our down times. A hobby could be reading, crafting, biking and so much more.

What summer hobbies do you participate in? Are these solitary ventures or group events? What is it about them that you love? Tell us anything else you want to tell us about it.

Susan from SSFDesigns says my husband and I love to go bird watching ! We go for long walks with our binoculars and bird books in hand . We have started a life list and so far we have 115 birds on that list! Not only is it a wonderful way to spend time together get some exercise it also inspires me to crate seeing all the beautiful colors!

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Women’s floral maxie dress

Linda from LazyYVintage said I usually tackle do it yourself projects. This year, I sanded and repainted a round picnic table and its four benches. I wish I could post some pictures of it! I picked it up for $20 at a garage sale. It is a VandyCraft made by Edward Vandy from Oak Park, IL. He had a shop at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from 1956 to 1979. I didn’t know that until I started the sanding.

Next, 1950s aluminum couch glider and chair for the backyard…..should be interesting.

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Rattan vintage picnic basket

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal states that every summer my family and I try to find a different local farm to buy our summer fruits and veggies from. I have so many allergies and dietary issues that buying fresh and making the meal myself is the best but sometimes the stores don’t carry a decent selection of the types I want.

We love to see how the farmer marries different veggies to create somethings brand new and these are the ones I gravitate towards the most. I love coming home to unload my colorful finds and getting together with my daughter to decide what our next master piece will be. We recently made a sweet potato pie from purple yams (yummy)!

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Watermelon dog bandanna

 

Christmas Wish List – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Remember when we were young and we made up a list of all we wanted for Christmas? As we’ve gotten older, we still have at least a few items that are on the top of our list (so to speak).

For the #CIJParty tell us what is on your Wish List. You can tell us why you want these items and anything else relevant.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says when my youngest daughter was growing up, there was always one thing mentioned in her letters to Santa: a dog. I kid you not, I’ve gone back and read them and every letter mentions a dog or has a picture of one. Well now we finally have our dog and everybody’s fine. Our GSD likes to sleep on a cold floor, so dog blankets and pillows are just tossed aside. We are not a family that dresses up our dog and he certainly doesn’t need it in the Upstate NY winters – he loves the snow. But he does have a passion for chewing up everything he can find, so a few dog chew toys would be welcome please Santa. I have seen a few of these here on Etsy. . .

Children’s printable decor

Jennie from FromBasementToArt said a trip to Montana is what would thrill me this Christmas. I spent a lot of time there during a five-year relationship years ago. It has been on my bucket list since 2000!

Mini Daniel Boone playing cards

Donna from TreasuresFromTheLake states I would love a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for Christmas. Growing up, I spend many Christmas’ there. Then when I had a family of my own, my parents, me, husband and daughter would go there too. This was a family tradition until my dad passed away and I would love to go back there.

Flamingo bookmark

Gillian from Gillisflowers discusses that my daughter has ME, severe endometriosis and is now being tested for a bladder problem. My wish would be for her to get the treatment she needs to be able to fully enjoy life.

Vintage style rose choker

Carol from SilverTrove says recently I’ve been hearing many stories of people around the world meeting Jesus. Muslims, Jews, Buddhist and even Satanists are converting to Christianity. My Christmas wish is for more of God’s children to come closer to him through Jesus Christ, who is, after all, the reason we celebrate Christmas!
I’m praying for your daughter’s complete healing, Gilliam Haqqani.

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Sterling silver Reborn necklace

Patty from PupcakesBowWowtique said I too have a GSD and I can say chew toys have saved us a lot on furniture, etc. I hope Santa comes through for your pup!
Gillian,
I hope your Christmas wish happens for your daughter. My thoughts are with you both!

I would like to spend Christmas in a mountain cabin. A few days of real winter weather for the holidays would be a welcome change from the Florida heat.

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Reflective safety light collar

Alicia from AliciasFindings states that I would love for all my team mates to receive their “Christmas Wish” and for my rheumatoid arthritis(and other problems) to reach a point where all is fairly stable and all problems mainly controlled.

Dark blue dotted pattern bracelet and earring set

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says my Christmas wish is to have a special Christmas with my family in New York just so that we can see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and just enjoy some of New York’s sights.

I LOVE Christmas and don’t even have to see not one present!!! Since our 2 children have started their journey in college and in just 1 year our oldest is graduating college and will be moving out of the state so this would especially be a time I’d value so much.

VW Bug dog collar

Here is hoping all of the #EtsyCIJ teamies receive many wonderful Christmas gifts this year!

Christmas Decor – #CIJParty 2017

Guest Contributor post by Judith from FabriArts
The Christmas season is my favourite time of year to decorate. I usually start on December 1st and when my kids were small, we had a game to identify which new decoration I placed out each day. Combined with Advent calendars where they could add a decoration each day, the excitement built each day until the big events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots of ideas to help with your holiday decorating. Whether you want handcrafted original items for your tree, your walls, your sofa, shelves or tables, cards, prints or paper goods or vintage finds, the members of the Etsy Christmas in July team have lots for you to choose from. We even have Christmas accessories for your pets! Buy now, and ensure that you’ll have everything ready for that special time of year – no waiting around, hoping that your items will arrive in time!

Here are just a few items available. Visit these Etsy shops to discover more treats in store for your holiday decorating!

These bright, colorful, fun and positive dolls are very similar to small Christmas dwarfs or fairies. Each of them could represent you or a family member! Nice, cute figurines will decorate your Christmas tree and make it unique and cozy! This is especially important if there are children in the house. My family and I have received a lot of positive emotions from the process of working on these dolls, and I hope I can convey the mood to you. The toys are made entirely of natural materials: wood beads, cork, cotton yarn, jute yarn. Those doll faces are decorated using a wood burning tool.

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Donna Schindler from TreasuresFromTheLake says:

These beach glass ornaments will brighten up any Christmas tree. I have an indoor, large palm tree that I put them on and it brings back memories of my Family Florida Christmas’s.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These decorations are beautiful one of a kind Christmas ornaments, and as such are a perfect keepsake for family and friends. They are also great memory gifts for teachers.

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

This year I fell in love with charms and then it was just a small step to design Christmas ornaments with them–rich reds and bright greens with creamy pearls and whimsical charms compliment any tree. Use them on your wreath as well or add charm to your gift bags for the holidays!

LizPOriginals

These Christmas stars are all custom made to order.  They are great for children with unusual names, ideal for toddlers who are just starting to recognize their initials, and can have the year stamped on the back (perhaps for a first Christmas). It’s lovely to be able to make matching decorations for a whole family.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love Christmas decorations, especially handmade ones. The reason that I like “handmade decorations” is because each one is unique … not mass produced … a lot of love and attention to detail goes into making handmade items … and that’s important to me!

SpoiledFelinesArt

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Christmas ornaments aren’t the biggest seller in June, but we keep them listed all year long because we Love Christmas! Just when the thoughts of Christmas are so far away, we are thankful for the Etsy CIJ Team bringing Christmas Joy in July (and all year long)!

We engrave our crystal ornaments with any design option we have available, any font in our selection, and accept custom order requests. Christmas ornaments make the best gifts for Baby Showers and Newborns, Newlyweds and Anniversary Gifts, and to Commemorative Any Special Event!

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DesignstheLimit

Elena Kulanina from KNOTandLiving says:

These minimalist wooden Christmas decorations were hand painted carefully with love. I’m always inspired by minimalism and these alternative Xmas decorations are just perfect for the modern homes: Scandinavian, Minimalistic, Neutral Pastel interiors.

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KNOTandLiving

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a fun sock monkey teeny tote! Makes a fun decoration for table or mantel and also makes a great gift! The bright colors and fun little sock monkey with a Santa outfit will make you smile!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Every time is possible, I love to craft using natural materials. And I think that so many kinds of nuts and a red bow can very well represent a handmade and unique Christmas decoration!

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of Christmas in my childhood I always remember the drives in the evening through the snowy landscape of Germany (my dad was a veterinarian and had to go out to the farms, being it Christmas or not, and I often accompanied him). It was dark, but the car’s headlights would illuminate the snow laden trees at the side of the country roads. Those memories inspired me to make a mini canvas that can be used as an Christmas ornament. I added the moose because the forest is their habitat and it creates a serene atmosphere.

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

This Enesco ornament is one of my favorites as it is part of the save the Earth collection and promotes recycling with a elf sitting on top of a recycling bin. At Christmas we do our very best to enjoy the season in a green way by keeping the wrappings to a minimum and making gifts for each other and our love ones.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love Christmas decor. As A child I did not celebrate Christmas nor decorate. I was always a collector. When my daughter was a child I collected music boxes. Sadly most of them broke in storage. I found this Christmas music box at a benefit flea market fair. So I helped others, collected another music box and got an Etsy item to sell.

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Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

I have always loved everything Christmas ever since I was a little girl. One of my favourite things are Snowmen – which is funny, since I live in Australia and we celebrate Christmas in the Summer! Over the years I have collected many different Snowmen in many forms, so have decided to share some of my collection with someone else who loves them as much as me! This sweet little fellow would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s Christmas Decor!

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I love finding Christmas items at estate sales! Most of the time they are in fantastic condition and carefully stored. My daughter and I recently found this Sad Elf. He’s not wearing traditional Christmas colors and we thought that made him “unique.”

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Marion Walsh from BlueButterflyCrafts says:

 A cute snowman to bring Christmas love and cheer in your home. He will bring a smile to everyone’s face for the holidays

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Liz from TheLittleEmptyNest says:

This is one of my miniature dollhouse / fairy garden Christmas decor collections featuring a mini stocking, tree skirt and ornaments. Each of my designs are original and handmade by me with the intent of spreading a bit of the joy and happiness that went into their creation!

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Jennie Clark from FromBasementToArt says:

Heirloom was my Pfaltzgraff pattern when I married a looong time ago. Finding these holiday candlestick holders was a joy.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have found that taking images from my antique postcard collection and turning them into decorative pillow covers a wonderful way to combine two of my favorite things. I tend to favor Christmas decor with an old-style feeling as it brings warm memories flooding back.  Nothing quite like a sleigh ride on a frosty day to fill the air with laughter!

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Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

Something I always put up at Christmas time are my Advent calendars. Last year, I had 3 of them on the go at the holiday season. I make quilted Advent calendars, which can be used year after year. They all have little pockets that can be filled with treats, toys, messages or small gifts that can be treasured each day in December to count down to Christmas. This modern design is one of my favorites!

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Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

I love Christmas anything! My friends call me Cristal Christmas! For me it’s not about the gifts under the tree it’s about what’s on the tree and all the loving festivities that come with the holiday. At my house I have something Christmas related in every room so this got me to thinking why not create some Christmas decor for pets. I’m sure there are some lovers of Christmas out there just like me! If I could afford it I’d let all my Christmas decor stay up all year long.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These large gold flickering sequins are ideal for adding your own flair to your Christmas decor … glittery and shiny they dd sparkle and pizzazz to Christmas wreaths, bunting, cards and any Christmas craft you may have in mind!

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I think receiving a handmade Christmas card shows that the sender has put a little more care into his card giving. Each card is cutout and hand assembled. Red foil is used on the ornament background.

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Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop says:

This photo is of my Christmas Tree decorated with my grandmother’s vintage ornaments. The ornaments were handed down to me. They are from the 1940’s and 1950’s. Being able to decorate my tree with these family ornaments, makes it feel like everyone is still together and brings back great memories of Christmas past. In processing the photo, I added a “vintage feel” to accent the ornaments.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

The first Christmas together as a couple is so special, it deserves a party all its own. More often than not, those first few years are lean ones financially, and Stock Lane Studio has affordable, printable holiday decorations that will turn any place into a Christmas home.

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Dana Martin from IllCallYouFromParis says:

This wintery Snow Birds watercolor print is a festive holiday decoration that you can keep up all year long!

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Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Once again this year we kick off our Etsy Christmas In July Party this year with food and dink! What is a party without refreshments?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July team to share their Christmas Inspired food and drink items.

Barbara from HometownUSA says:

I have a spot on my kitchen wall where I hang a special crocheted pot holder which is always being changed to coincide with the current holiday or season. This one is for Christmas.

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HometownUSA

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

My kids love homemade gingerbread cookies and the smell floating throughout the house is delightful! I found some cute fabric for a pet Christmas bandana that has gingerbread cookies on it.

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Rebecca Turkovics from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says:

I have a quilted fabric ornaments in what I call The Grillmaster Series. The were inspired by my best friends, both of which have passed away. The one I’m giving the link for immediately made me think of him. He was such a “Grillmaster”. And an exceptionally good one I might add. All four of the series brought back so many good memories of summer barbques with our families. The ornament would look great on stand for summer as well as on a Christmas tree because ornaments are #NotJustForChristmas.

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OrnamentsByRebeccaT

KATERINA ILIAKI from OnceUponJewelsCo says:

In some religions they do not eat meat during a long period until the final week of Christmas. Fish is a very important dish for them as it is the only kind of meat they can consume and that is on certain days.

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OnceUponJewelsCo

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Christmas colours for me are red, gold, white and green!!

This handmade ceramic bowl in green would make a gorgeous centrepiece for the Christmas table. Fired to stoneware temperature this bowl is suitable for oven to table to dishwasher, so is perfect for saving time in the kitchen so that you can spend more time with family and friends during the festive season.

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DeeDeeDeesigns

Avedona Lucero from the2911plan says:

Because Angels are Christmas!! So these ones guard your liquid cheer – often called “wine!” Who wouldn’t want to toast at a Christmas party with a lovely angel charm to mark their glass?!

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Linda from LazyYVintage says:

Drop on by any time and I’ll offer you a drink. Ice tea, wine, coffee? But drop by during the Christmas season, and I’ll offer you those some drinks in a lively, colorful Christmas glass. I can’t resist them. So much so that now my friends drop in and bring me a glass, or two, and if I’m really lucky, a set of holiday designed glassed. So, my set is a bit mismatched; but used often and full of memories.

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LazyYVintage

Jeanne from TheSandlapperShop says:

Any time in winter, but especially for the holidays, bring out the hot chocolate! These Raffiaware mugs are designed to keep hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold and definitely bring a touch of nostalgia to your home.

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TheSandlapperShop

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

I live in South Texas and we rarely have a white Christmas; so I like to make a big pot of homemade hot cocoa. We might have the a/c on, but having that hot cup of cocoa makes it feel like the holidays.

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NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

There is nothing more festive than a cocktail during the holidays and this vintage tea towel supplies a dozen recipes for mixed drinks such as a Singapore Sling and an Orange Blossom. The graphics are lively and colorful. This would be a great gift for a mixologist or a handy reference at your bar!

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NeatoKeen

Gail Gismondi from kensingtonminiatures says:

Gathering with friends and family during the holidays is such a joyful time. Food and drink add to the fun and enjoyment of the season. I invite you to my shop to see the many choices for spreading warmth and good cheer.

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kensingtonminiatures

Gail Gismondi from kensingtonminiatures says:

What would holidays be without the cookies, candy canes, sweet drinks, and delicious aromas?

When creating my Christmas items, I was reminded of the many family and friend parties we have had over the years and the excitement of seeing festive food and decorations all around the house. I hope that my cocktail punch reflects this joy.

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kensingtonminiatures

Kale – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 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 Spring 2017 is Kale.

PANTONE 18-0107 Kale

Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

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

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Kale is the most popular vegetable at this time of year. So get out your juicer and make a Kale smoothie. Here’s an antique pitcher to serve the smoothie in. The pitcher has charm and it’s inexpensive! A great Kale gift for mom!

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This set of three handmade pottery condiment dishes are a unique set of kitchen decor and are glazed in a beautiful glossy kale green glaze designed to highlight the subtle impressed floral pattern on the insides of the dishes. Their design is minimalist and influenced by the Japanese aethestic of Wabi Sabi – to be at peace and balanced. They are fired to stoneware temperature (1280C / 2336F) making them dishwasher safe, oven safe and microwave safe.

Unique and one of a kind these dishes would make great thank you gifts for teachers and ideal hostess gifts.

The dishes are perfect for serving condiments such as jam & cream, soy sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger. mustard, tomato sauce, rock salt, olives, sundried tomatoes, the list goes on! Of course they can also be used to hold candles, keys, coins – anything.

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rosenthorn2001 from CrochetArtETC:

The Spring color along with the texture of this doily design are indicative of the refreshing, calm Kale green. The intricate raised patterns of this piece could very well be compared to the interesting beauty of the Kale leaf. I take great joy in creating a work from a vintage design and the Kale green color along with the unique patterns resulted in a stunning doily!

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Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann says:

I too don’t like eating kale very much but love its earthy color. I was inspired by the leafy green to paint two playful elephant pals. I don’t know why I wanted to paint green elephants but it works! The print is available in my shop!

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Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

This is a door badge for dog lover (or dog memorial). Green is my favorite color. Green kale is most loved by people who have big dogs and love nature, long walks, adventures with wildlife, hunting or field trials. Here is a portrait of English Setter, very special dog breed for people who love nature.

I paint custom dog portraits and it’s possible to order similar item with your pet portrait. This oval oil painting is painted on wooden panel and protected by a clear coat.

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Kale green is practical color but also fun when polka dots are involved. The same idea as this wallet’s fabric combinations. The brown and pink girlie skulls in the center are cute and fun while the Kale green sides and interior are practical and pretty at the same time.

joliefemmebydiana

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

The colour Kale is rooted in the earth and makes an instant connection with me, as a full time farmer. My little frog pond is full of critters and floating bits of kale-coloured leaves. This shy little fellow made an appearance just long enough for his portrait. Don’t want to eat kale? Just carry the colour with you in this handy case.

TheOldBarnDoor

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

A truly unique food, as a super food Kale is a healthy option. I try to add it to my diet, but like some other members it isn’t that tasty to me raw or cooked. So, I have figured out how to ferment it with cabbage and make sour kraut with it. If anyone is interested I can provide the recipe. it is really delicious. I have also made Kale kimchi which is really yummy too. This year I am trying to grow it in my own garden.

Fittingly these green kale colored butterfly gemstones are made out of a green type of Ocean Jasper which is only found on one place in the world. Madagascar. It is mined in the ocean at low tide.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

I love summer and the lush green foliage of the season. I made this green kyanite necklace to mimic the greens of summer. Kyanite is also one of my favorite stones, for the clean clear energy it omits.

EponasCrystals

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Okay, let me get this off my chest. I do not eat Kale because I do not like Kale… (pause for audible audience gasps). I know it’s good for you but the only redeeming qualities I find in Kale is it’s deep green color and the lovely organic shapes of the leaves. The color and shape of the Keshi pearls used in this bracelet definitely evoke a vision of Kale’s best qualities for me.

Dark Kale green Keshi pearls and light green top drilled “Dancing” freshwater pearls are a surprising pairing but I think it works. The silhouette of the bracelet is an ever changing bit of art as the pearls dance from one side to the other. The organic leaf shapes and the varying depth of Kale green color in the Keshi pearls guarantee that no two bracelets will be the same.

Bungalow42

Marijean from MariMartiDesigns says:

In this Wrist Rosary Bracelet, the beautiful Russian Jade beads play with both Kale and Greenery from Pantone’s 2017 trend list. I love the vibrant earthiness of the greens and the way that dark gives way to light in the veins of the Russian Jade used to create this Unique 5-decade wrist Rosary with Vintage Reproduction Cross in Solid Bronze. Makes me want to sit outside in a rustic, undomesticated forest and have some peaceful meditation time!

MariMartiDesigns

friedasophie from friedasophie says:

So I love Kale and Tourmalines and they are pretty much in the same color range. Seems like i am having a green phase!

friedasophie

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

For those who love promoting peace will make the connection with the color green even though it’s a dark kale green it still signifies peace, health and wellness which is our overall goal right. The inside of this scripture wristlet is lined with a print that features a fish and the cross.

The scripture in questions comes from the Galatians 5:22 (Life by the Spirit )

When the designer created this fabric I believe this is why they paired them both together at least that’s how I view it!

DesignsbyCristal

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!

 

Coffee Colored Dreams

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Ahh a subject dear to our hearts.. coffee! What do you carry in your shop that is coffee-colored or related – we’d just love to see it!

Show our readers your vintage coffee items, plus coffee and espresso colored listings – and of course, include your wonderful coffee related stories.

Have fun!

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

I used to drink coffee by the gallon, but then one ran out milk (because the kids drank it all) so had a cup of black tea …. that was about ten years go and haven’t drank coffee since!! But I do love the colour and smell of coffee, especially fresh beans. These beads remind me of the shape and colour of fresh coffee beans, and are ideal for a range of jewellery making and craft projects.
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Plastic Barrel Beads – wood look!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Our stainless steel travel mugs are available in a variety of colors, can be personalized with any of our design and font combinations, and we offer engraving on both sides of the mug. We encourage everyone to stop using disposable cups! Personalize your mug and you never have to worry which cup is yours again. Choose the design and font to fit your personal. We love coffee, tea, wine, beer, & spirits and offer a number of monogramming options for any occasion or recipient. Ship direct with gift wrap and cards available, custom orders accepted for logos or inspired designs. Make your next gift a personalized gift experience @DesignstheLimit.
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Stainless Steel mug

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

I love my organic mild smooth blend cup of coffee a day. When I saw this fabric print I just knew coffee lovers whom were also dog lovers would totally love this dog bandanna. The bandanna shows off different styles of java, alternative names we use for coffee and there are a few coffee beans sprinkled around just making you want that coffee break just to inhale that freshness!
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Pet Coffee Time Bandanna

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

The best coffee is the first cup of coffee in the morning! I love to drink coffee in all variations: black, cappuccino, latte macchiato. This cap is made from a used coffee bean sac. I get the bags from a coffee trader and it is so interesting when I get them. I don’t know the lettering, some bags have the typical hole where the coffee is tested and when I cut out the seams to prepare the burlap for the project I find coffee beans inside.
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Up-cycled Burlap Coffee Bean Bag

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

This handmade mug not only holds a generous cup of coffee but the rim is also a sumptuous coffee colour. Being fired to stoneware temperature (1300C) this mug holds the heat of your hot beverage and is also oven safe, microwave safe and dishwasher safe.
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Coffee Soup mug

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says

What is the key to your ideal cup of coffee? Is a strong version that is dark in color like the dark brown on these beaded dangle earrings? Perhaps you’re the type who needs to add a little creamer? I’ve got that covered (in color) with the smaller seed beads too! Prepared just right, coffee resembles satin to the soul! Which by the way is the type of focal bead made to design these earrings! Start your morning right – take time to stop and smell the coffee!
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Skeleton Key Earrings

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

Instant coffee is fine when you’re rushing out to work on a weekday, but after dinner and at the weekend you deserve the real thing. If you’re the kind of person who makes a big cafetiere of coffee and settles down with the papers on a Sunday morning, then this is for you: a beautiful Harris tweed cosy to keep the rest of the coffee warm while you take your time enjoying the first cup.
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Tweed Cup Cozy

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Don’t forget the cream. In my house the creamer is just as important as the coffee. No skim milk for us! It has to be half and half with fat – no fat free. We want to enjoy the cup of coffee. Here is a large Mexican creamer so we can refill our coffee with good creamer.
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Mexican Pottery Pitcher

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

The sock color is light espresso. Dressed for the outdoors on those very cold mornings these all wool socks will keep your feet extra warm as you are out and on the go and when you need a quick pick me up, I find one of those Starbucks Frappuccino’s to be a great treat! Just enough espresso and you are charged and ready to run!

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Espresso Colored Socks

Ineke de Vries from InekedeVries says

I love coffee! Especially freshly brewed early in the morning. This coffee cup features one of my life drawing sketches.
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Sketch Drawn Unique Coffee Cup

Linda from LazyYVintage says

I’m posting this while drinking my fair trade organic coffee this morning. I love the smell of coffee, the look of it in a nice big mug. And, it does have to have plenty of cream in it. Doesn’t having a cuppa just make you take a moment to be grateful and mindful of the simple things in life? And, no dinner party is complete with a cup of coffee after dinner with a lovely dessert.

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Coffee Cart with Carafe

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says

I love my cup of coffee in the morning ! Nothing better then that first sip. It has to be just the right color with the perfect amount of cream added, not too little not too much just the right ivory color.

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Vintage 1950s Satin Wedding Dress

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

I came to appreciate coffee in my 30’s, and gradually evolved from flavored instant varieties (the horror!) to custom blends brewed with a hint of cinnamon. But I still love going out for a hold-in-your-hands cafe-au-lait style mug, with the swirling designs made by an artistic barista. These earrings remind me of those lovely cafe trips.
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Agate and Howlite drop earrings

Carla from CarlasCraft says

I love when an author describes a character and uses names for skin color that immediately resonate with the visual artisit in me. So, when I saw the title of this thread, I immediately thought of my Turban Girl and the warm cafe au lait tones to her skin.
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Turban Girl Print

Maryann from gojjell says

As soon as I laid eyes on these handmade glass beads, I knew coffee and cream was the most apt description! Now the owner of this necklace can be reminded of the great brew each time the necklace is worn!

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Glass Lamp beaded necklace

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love coffee and love collecting fun and unique coffee mugs for myself and for repurposing. This colorful mug includes birds in the pattern so it lent itself to becoming a bird feeder! I combined it with a vintage saucer that features a coffee colored pattern too!
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Re-purposed Tea cup and saucer

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I don’t drink coffee at all and am a cocoa and tea lover! I think that pretty gifts including gourmet coffees, teas, cocoas and snacks are a nice way to greet your host and or hostess when you are invited over for beverages, snacks and meals! This vintage ceramic basket is a nice coffee color and would be great to bring with you to a friend’s or relative’s home wrapped up with gourmet coffees and teas, etc. for a special, thoughtful gift!
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Vintage Brown White Slag Candy Basket

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

I am a coffee addict. Well, I drink my honey and creme with coffee in it! This necklace is Red Creek jasper nuggets, accented with turquoise and coral beads, and genuine brass beads. Great fall colors or to accent turquoise and coral as a layering necklace.
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Bohemian Tribal Jewelry