Outdoor Entertaining

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

There are so many places you can entertain in your home, including in your outdoor spaces. Have a screened porch or deck? Make it a party spot with lighting, decor and so much more.

We want to see all your outdoor entertaining products. Please tell us all about them and how they fit with the theme. How would you use the item? What makes it special?

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says we really enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening during the autumn months, when the sun is going down and the temperatures are dropping. It is a great time to enjoy a cozy outdoor supper!

A pretty table setting adds to the enjoyment of friends & food on the patio! Make a beautiful runner and some matching place mats with our “Easy Pieced Leaves” pattern to create the perfect autumn table!

il_570xN.999258478_3s1i

MsPDesignsUSA

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said sitting on the back deck in the evening! Let’s light a candle for romantic lighting! We had a large deck built and received 2 wooden adirondack chairs as a gift by my son.

il_570xN.1018691726_4e6d

PearlsVintagebyPam

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna states I love decorating my outdoor spaces and especially love accenting with wind chimes and mobiles.

I’ve created this unique wind chime with an eclectic mix of re-purposed jewelry in metallic tones and black, a great accent for a patio, porch or deck!

il_570xN.1159279361_f901

mscenna

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says this tapas condiment set is ideal for casual outdoor dining! And would make a great foodie gift.

il_570xN.764787254_5b9d

DeeDeeDeesigns

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said our BBQ Tool Sets offer the opportunity to give the kitchen a break and spend time outside and are an excellent gift which can be admired and put to good use. Entertain in the style you design in our Etsy shop! We believe that every gift giving opportunity can become a personalized gift giving experience when you take the time and make the effort to create a custom engraved gift for your gift recipient. We are free spirited artists and employ a variety of skills learned from years of experience to offer our customers what they are looking for, in the style they are looking for, with no reason to look anywhere else. We transform items into artwork with the personalized touch and encourage our customers to turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to be useful and appreciated.

SONY DSC

DesignstheLimit

Advertisements

Seven Hot Outdoor Decor Trends To Try Now – Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the Seven Hot Outdoor Decor Trends to Try Now article on the Etsy blog.

The seven trends are: Summer Wreaths, Nouveau Nests, Next-Wave Wind Chimes, Fairy Gardens, Planters With Personality, Backyard Glamping and Swinging Seats.

Next-Wave Wind Chimes

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

Wind chimes are perfect for accenting outdoor spaces with a bit of sparkle, style or color. This upcycled wind chime and mobile features a unique mix of repurposed metallic parts and jewelry with a touch of crystal for sparkle too!

mscenna

mscenna

Planters With Personality

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

This wooden wheel barrow planter will look great in the garden, on your porch or on your deck. It lays flat to hold potted plant or flowers. The wheel barrow really moves. You can paint it decorate it, or leave it in it’s original condition.

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Backyard Glamping

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

At Design’s the Limit, our Personalized BBQ Tool Sets are the Summer Trend in Backyard Glamping! We offer the options of engraving the case, each tool handle, and a gift message on the bottom using any font we have available or any design in our portfolio with custom orders accepted for any idea you have in mind.

The perfect gift for Birthday, Father’s Day, Weddings, & Anniversaries! Fire up the BBQ Grill and spend some time outside to save on the cost of air conditioning. Every act, now matter how small, helps to contribute to change. Inspire outdoor cooking with a gift that is useful and appreciated and make every gift giving opportunity and personalized gift giving occasion.

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Seven Hot Outdoor Decor Trends to Try Now board!

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

Rustic And Repurposed

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

What do you have/use that’s cool and rustic — and maybe even repurposed? Tell us your stories! Here’s what our teamies had to say on this subject!

I have been creating elaborate and simple paintings on plain or ornately hung can lids for years now; I like to decorate, with foods in queue for dinners, to furnish my home using things I already have or acquire through basic living.

Here is an example of my artwork that can function as a fan pull, wind chime, garden tag, or holiday ornament depending on the hanging or mounting system.

Thank you for considering this item and enjoy!

can

Eco friendly, Coastal Christmas, Recycled gift, Fan pull, lamp pull, Christmas Ornament

I love the little gift boxes I get from other shops with items that I purchsed –adding a bit of old lace and a gemstone flower and voila — we have a cute little trinket box or to use for your gift giving.

silver

Silver square green /pink acrylic lace gem stone flower gift box – Victorian design – romantic keepsake – button glitz decor – dragonfly

Get ready for romantic lighting in your old fashioned farmhouse and cottage.

There are 3 candle holders. When I was a child my mother said prayers with a silver candelabra with the lights off.

candle

Wrought Iron Hand-Forged Candelabra Black Central Roped Candlestick Holder With 2 Arms 3 Footed Table Centerpiece Rustic Farmhouse Decor

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Jim grew up on a farm. We still have several old farm implements that are truly rustic and rusty. This old hay baler hook was found in a beautiful house on several acres. The whole inside of the “shop” walls were just full of wonderful rustic, antique, and rusty implements. We’ve kept some, and few have found their way into the Lazy Y.

hay

Rusty Hay Balers Hook Farm Implement and Tools Industrial Salvage Farmhouse Rustic Metal Hooks Home Decor

We specialize in creating custom inspired designs for any theme including Rustic and look forward to designing a frame for your next picture perfect moment! We have two sections of our shop dedicated to custom framing including frame designs for any theme occasion, destination, or cause for celebration! Frame your moments and share them with the world!

frame

Rustic Wedding Arrangement Bouquet Picture Frame (Select Frame Size and Orientation) and then Enter Personalized Text & Font Selection

Many thanks for all the cool entries!

Until next time,

Sheila

Beer And Wine Lovers

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us have a few libations from time to time. Most of us tend to like either wine or beer. This love usually follows us in what we create.

What do you have in your shop that relates to beer or wine? Please tell us anything and everything about your item.

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says here is a  beautiful cobalt blue Italian decanter.

Great for entertaining and offering guests wine or liquor. It  has a cork stopper to seal top and is a great vintage barware gift.

il_570xN.1109961946_38ae

Blue tapered decanter

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said does drinking wine bring out the wild side of you? These WILD looking wine glass charms may just be a perfect fit for you! They not only show you like to have fun, but offer a way for you and others getting wild with you, the opportunity to “mark your territory” and spot your personal glass easily.

il_570xN.749598829_bvqa

wood beaded wine glass charms

Cerena from CerenaLevene states that who doesn’t enjoy a nice red in a pretty glass?

This card is printed from my original painting that was created to celebrate our fifth year as an international art group, CanvasOrClay which was a great way for artists to come together and create and inspire and critique our art on yahoo groups back in the early days of eBay and AOL

Titled “Here’s to Us”, it is a tribute to friends and fellow artisans coming together to create more than friendships.

il_570xN.1181512042_6e2o

wine enthusiast note card

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says I love a really cold beer on a hot summer day, and enjoy a wine with meals. I also love a bubbly champas when celebrating and having fun!

This handmade ceramic champagne flute is the perfect way to celebrate and would make a great fathers or mothers day gift, 21st birthday or graduation gift or milestone birthday gift!

il_570xN.935859987_2oq0

Ceramic champagne flutes

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said we specialize in creating personalized glassware for any spirit or spirited occasion including beer mugs, beer tasting flights, and craft beer glasses! We encourage our customers to take their enjoyment of spirits and brewing to the next level and create their own personalized glassware set to enjoy and entertain with. Choose from our designs, submit your own images, or have us create a design for your brew! We have an entire shop section devoted to Beer, another devoted to Wine, and a third devoted to Distilled Spirits in addition to the other product canvases we have available in our shop. Make your next gift giving opportunity into a spirited gift giving experience to be enjoyed and put to good use. Please drink responsibly in style, in your own home, and don’t drink and drive!

il_570xN.1182451688_kyjt

Personalized craft beer set

Linda  from LazyYVintage states I love wine. Wine tastings, wine with dinner, wine on the porch talking over our day, wine with friends, and driving trips to find….more wine!

Vintage barware in the Lazy Y is an extension in our love of wine, entertaining, and being entertained. Drop by for a nice white Riesling or sweet Moscato on a summer evening.

Rosenthal wine glasses calice pattern

Beach Time

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

For some of us, August may be our last chance to hit the beach for the summer. What do you love most about the beach, and which/where is your favorite? We asked our teamies what they bring (or sell) related to BEACH TIME (!) and here’s what they said!

This photograph was captured on the Oregon Coast (I offer a printed and printable version). My children and their cousins were having a little beach therapy: sinking their feet in the sand. The wild natural beaches of the Pacific North West are my favorite. The chilly waters of the ocean along the Oregon coast can be too much for some, but with temperatures reaching 107°F (42°C) in much of the state for the first week of August, the Oregon beaches are the place to be.

sand

Beach House Print, Black White Children’s Room Wall Art, Play in sand nursery decor, ocean nature print, nautical kid’s art 5×7 8×10 11×14

At Design’s the Limit we have an entire section of our shop dedicated to Destination Themed Picture Frames including a number of Tropical, Carribean, & Beach Themed Destinations! We encourage beach goers and vacationers to take a picture and share your experiences with the world! Inspire others with your custom picture frame and the memories of the moments they contain @DesignstheLimit.

vacation

Vacation to Remember Picture Frame with Font Selection (Select Size and Frame Orientation)

Diana from joliefemmebydiana said:

Watching the water from the beach is a peaceful pastime! Nothing soothes like the sights and sounds of waves and blue water. Any coastal drive or town is a fun visit to the lovely ocean! Here is a sailboat scene on my little mini pocket. Perfect for a any sailing enthusiast.

boat

Sail Boats on the Water Credit Business or Frequent Shopper Card Holder Case

I can’t think of the beach without the sight and sound of waves breaking on the shore. If you explore beneath the waves, you might be surprised at the variety of sea creatures that inhabit the reefs. Our “Reef Buddies” quilt features pieced wave blocks along with colorful creatures from the shallow seas. Use this pattern to make a keepsake of your perfect beach vacation!

ocean

Ocean animal applique PDF baby quilt pattern; paper pieced wave block; fish or shark quilt pattern; child’s quilt pattern; reef buddies

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 said:

My family started an annual beach trip and we went to the Oregon Coast this year. It was really cold there but I loved watching my nieces and nephews play, a couple of them had their first time seeing the ocean! I have this adorable beach theme scrapbook in my shop perfect for those cute photos of kiddos playing on the beach.

Beach Theme Scrapbook Album

Beach Theme Scrapbook Album

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

One glance at my shop will tell you that I am fond of the beach. I grew up near the Texas coast and spent many happy childhood days on the beach with my family. As I grew my love of the beach flourished. I learned to surf in high school though anyone familiar with the Texas coast knows that the waves are usually kinda lame short of an approaching hurricane. Storms aside catching a modest wave on my giant surf board (dating myself here) was always a thrill.

It is this love of the beach that inspires many of my designs but none more perhaps than my shell earrings. Each shell is spaced expressly to mirror the opposite earring. Given the unique nature of shells no two earrings are identical which is part of their charm. The shells sway gracefully on waxed linen thread and make a lovely sound that is so faint only the wearer will hear its whisper.

Get your beach on!

ear

Tiger Nassa and Mixed Shell Earrings

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

My favorite place to visit the ocean beaches is New Zealand. Not so much for white sand, but I love rocky coastlines, and NZ has lots and lots of that. I find beaches especially interesting when there are seashells to find and rocks to explore.

This stationery / printable journal set is from a variety of beaches – New Zealand and California, but I’m not sure to be honest where they all were. I sell scrapbooking items but I am pretty poor at actually finishing scrapbooking, and have lots of unlabeled travel photos in drawers and on the computer. I hate that I am so disorganized!

Beach Printable Art Journal Pages

Beach Printable Art Journal Pages

 

I was half brought up on the beach with spending all holidays at the family beach house! At this time it was a sleepy seaside town, now it is a commercial metropolis with corporate surf shops and fashion labels – needless to say I don’t go there anymore!

But I do still love the beach in summer. These beach themed charms are ideal for adding summer accents to your jewellery, bunting, handbags, and home decor.

sea

Gold Plastic Pendants Charms – Seahorse or Shell – 40mm – jewellery making, sewing, Crafts, Gift Wrapping & Costumes by DeeDeeSupplies

 

I was raised surf fishing and enjoying the beach, fishing, relaxing, and camping as a child, here in Florida.

Many of my pieces are beachy, but not typical in my opinion.
I prefer the early morning and the eveing and the night, which is reflected in my artwork and functional art pieces. I hope you enjoy this entry.

napkin

Navy Peony, Beach house decor, set of 2, ocean cloth napkins, heavy, quality navy linens, hand painted original design, gift

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

This my absolute favorite item in our shop, and going to the beach is the most magical of all vacations. We really like Destin, FL and the Gulf of Mexico. I bring my beach chair, a good book, and an umbrella. I can spend all day there, watching the waves and just be still. There is a spirituality about it and peace just flows through you.

gull

Vintage Beach Art Ink Drawing, Honey I’m Home! Black and White Sea Gulls Building a Nest Ocean Beach House Home Decor Decor Birds Nests

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

The thing I love most about the beach is collecting sea shells. We have a lot of good beaches near by. I have a few beach inspired items, this is one of my favourites as I love seahorses.

seahorse

Seahorse, Seahorse Necklace, Sterling Silver Seahorse Necklace, Beach Necklace, Ocean Necklace, Sea Necklace, Marine Necklace, Fish Necklace

I am spending much of the summer on Cape Code shell collecting! Here’s a brass shell favorite from my own collection!

shell

Brass Sea Shell Wall Hanging Polished Solid Brass Nautical Wall Decor Sturdy Hook For Hanging Beach House Decor Gift Summer House Gift

Linda Britt from BrittDesign said:

I live in the desert and going to the beach usually means a trip to San Diego. I love walking the beach and finding artifacts. That gave me the idea for the polymer and angel skin coral necklace.

beach

Bohemian Necklace – Ivory Pendant – Angel Skin Coral Chain – Polymer Pendant

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

Who doesn’t like to see dolphins when they’re at the beach? Beach and dolphins go hand in hand for me! But since you can’t go to the beach every day to see these amazing creatures, this wine bottle stopper can bring back the happy memories of when you did!

stopper

Dolphin Charm Interchangeable Beaded Wine Bottle Stopper / Decorative Wine Bottle Stopper Accessory

I remember our trips to Myrtle Beach and Tybee Island with our children when they were small. It was the best time ever just to see their little faces light up at the sight of all that water!! We always came back home with tons of beautiful sea shells with plans to create something special to remember our trip.
Although, I never liked the salty water on my skin I did however, love walking through the cool sand as the sun would set and at early morning sunrise!!

bandana

Sea Shells On the Beach Dog Bandana, Gifts for Dogs, Dog Bandana with Shells, Gifts for Dog Lovers

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm said:

My favourite beach as a child was Air Papan Beach in Mersing, Malaysia. My family used to go there very often, and I remember making many various sand cakes (they don’t really count as castles) with the very white and very clean sand. The sand would squeak if you rubbed your feet in it the right way, which was a constant source of amusement for me as a young child.

I love collecting seashells on the beach! There are always so many different shapes and types of shells. This is a special piece of jewellery I made with a collected seashell and bead embroidery.

ring

Bead embroidery white seashell ring: Statement ring, bead embroidered ring, seashell ring, adjustable ring, nautical jewelry, mermaid gifts

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns said:

Nothing like the beach on a hot day! I love to read a book relax and watch the water and waves. My favorite times are when my children were small nothing like the joy on there faces as they played in the sand and water. Of course I loved having a cool swimsuit to wear too!

1950’s Style Swimsuit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated – fun items!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

Geometric

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Geometrics are decorative patterns or designs based on geometric shapes. They can be used in home decor, supplies and so much more.

Here at CIJ we want you to show us all your geometric items. Please tell us about your item, including what geometric shape it is.

Gillian from Gillisflowers says this earring features 2-D and 3-D geometric shapes, two triangles a kite and a cuboid bead to finish it off. Although my jewellery is mainly floral, it all starts with a geometric shape usually a square.

il_fullxfull.1202028193_7xrp

Art deco earrings

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said these are vintage earrings with cool green geometric shapes! They have a very modern abstract design!

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that math is the universal language of thinking minds and Geometry is its functions. If you see math everywhere you go, you may enjoy this elegant wine bottle stopper and its geometric shape! Our tapered optic crystal wine bottle stopper is a geometric delight. We always get great feedback from this item as the picture does not do it justice at all and we plan on retaking the pictures, but never seem to find the time! The bottle stopper itself is all crystal and we need to add a picture of it without the bottle in the future. An Etsy sellers work is never done…..

SONY DSC

Wine bottle stopper

Linda from LazyYVintage says cuff links are finding their way back into the mainstream for men’s accessories and jewelry. This set is triangular in design with the shape of the cuff links as well as the atomic design embossed on them.

il_fullxfull.1291966719_5q3u

mid century cuff links

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said these geometric faceted beads are ideal for a wide range of craft projects, including jewellery making, costume design, scrapbooking, bunting and more!!

They are available in various colours and quantities.

il_fullxfull.1135471749_t0h8

Tear drop acrylic sew on beads

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital states that this is a digital paper pack. The design has various shapes and sizes in rounded corner squares and rectangles. Fun squares in fun color combinations. Great for creating invitations or party decor, scrapbooking or card making.

il_fullxfull.878692636_o3o9

Geometric digital paper pack

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says this is a geometric lid, pretzel criss cross design cookie jar. This clear glass cookie jar features vintage geometric patterned glass.

geometric shaped glass canister

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I love playing around with different shapes when designing my jewelry. This is a cute pair of light weight earrings using ovals and circles. The colors are perfect for summer but can certainly be worn with many different outfits throughout the entire year.

Blue and white geometric shaped earrings

NauticoCreations states this is a handmade quilt featuring octagon shaped pieces in oranges and greens. The fabric is a batik pattern and the colors make a great fall statement.

Batik fabric quilt

Linda from LindaBrittDesign says the geometry of repeated shapes to form a circle make this a unique pendant. My high school geometry teacher would be proud!

Nature pendant

Modern Marvels

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

We wanted to celebrate all things modern and trendy, so we asked our team mates what they offer (and love) that fits in that category — even if they were only modern once upon a time. Here’s what they shared.

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

You can’t get much more modern than cell phones and tablets! This adorable cell phone stylus/charm is a great idea for anyone who has trouble with big fingers and texting!

stylus 2

Black Adjustable Mini Stylus Charm – Cell Phone Charm – Stylus Beaded Charm – Cell Phone Dust Plug – Technology Tablet Stylus

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

This train case may not appear to be a “modern marvel”, but back in the day, all traveling ladies carried a train case for their personal items such as cosmetics, hygiene/personal care, and prescriptions. Small enough to hold all essentials for travel and still fit on a small airplane, bus, or train compartment.

Today this train case has made a comeback for use by many types of artists. Makeup artists use these convenient train cases for storing their favorite cosmetics for use in the theater, movie sets, and on site filming locations. Painting artists love these cases for storing all their paint brushes, paint tubes and supplies. Ladies are even using their train cases as a handy storage for “handyman” items such as nails, screws, hammers and screwdrivers! So many clever ideas for such a small piece of luggage!

train 2

Vintage Dark Gray Train Case by American Tourister with Tray and Pouch, Artist Cosmetics Makeup Travel Case, Carry On Luggage, Storage

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

Steel was something that once we had it … it took us into the future… high rise buildings… bridges and so much more… steel was a wonderful Modern Marvel that took us far into our modern times.

Here is some crafting corners that have the modern look of steel…

covers

Picture Corners / Brad Corners / Silver / Stripe Design/ Steel Look

I do not think people back in the days had purse charms! So this is my modern marvel!

charm

pink/ opalite /jade carved glass flower zipper pulls, journal- planner charms, add on gift bag , Buddha- Zen – lotus, wristlet clip, gift

Lia Altink from Lietjesmarket said:

I make hand made fly bonnets for horses. It started with one for my son and then the unicorns took a flight when I started making them. This is a long model fly bonnet — they are also very popular.

bonnet

Long fly bonnet brown, brown flybonnet, long model earbonnet pony, flyveil long brown pink, pink trim, soundless bonnet, fly bonnet horse

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

Mood beads were first seen as a modern miracle and popular fad in the late 1970’s and today mood jewelry is as popular as ever.

So, the idea behind mood jewelry is simple: worn on your wrist, neck or finger the changing color of mood beads reflect the state of your emotions. For example darker shades of blue indicates the wearer is calm or relaxed, purple signals happiness and black suggests stress or anxiety. The real deal? The beads change color in response to the body temperature of its wearer.

The bicone (long cone shape) mood bead in this bracelet utilizes the same tech (thermo-sensitive liquid crystal) as the 70’s mood rings. Since this groovy mood bead changes color with the varying temperature of your skin, this “modern miracle” bracelet is a kaleidoscopic of fun.

mood

Lightweight Bicone Mood Bead with Honey Hued Resin Boho Bracelet

The pen is still mightier than the sword and the invention of the ballpoint pen is one of the most empowering moments in history! Even in our now digital age, there is something majestic about a handwritten letter. We know the pen will never be outdated and our personalized pen set is making the pen new again as a wonderful gift for any recipient, occasion, and heartfelt moment. Encourage penmanship and inspire the world with your words!

rosewood

Personalized Rosewood Pen Set with Engraved Pen Case and Choice of Personalized Pen, Pencil, or Letter Opener (Each – Enter Name & Font)

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Music Boxes Were Popular Back In Time But Today They Are Combined With Glitter and Water. Shake and Play Music!

angels

Angels Water Globe Music Box I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing 2 Angels With Wings Rose Crowns Pink Heart Arrow Rainbow in Back

Thank you to everyone!

Until next time,

Sheila