Nature Gifts

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0

Spring is nearly upon us followed by the lovely summer months. I love this time of year with the sun shining on our faces, it makes us all happy. But it is also a time to take notice of nature around us, nature can be of trees, flowers or nature animals themselves.

Here at CIJ we want to know what gifts you have that reflect the theme ‘nature’ and tell us a little about your gift.

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says: This necklace is made from clay, which is from the Earth, and features two pendants in the shape of leaves. The leaves were smoke fired in a bonfire using tree branches, leaves and various other natural materials, such as pine cones.

So this necklace certainly is of and from nature!

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Clay Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: No matter how old I am, I’ll always love collecting rocks. The image for this zipper pouch was taken on a rock hunt on the coast of Maine. Perfect vessel for our skipping rocks.

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Zippered pouch

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says: This little hand embroidered ornament represents the nature of Spring in a fun colorful way. Flowers blooming and a bird (which I imagine chirping) brings thoughts of warmer weather.

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Hand Embroidered Ornament

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says: The spring time illustration is by Gertrud Mierendorff is pretty enough to frame!

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German postcard featuring a tabby cat in a field of flowers

Diana from JolieFemmeByDiana says: Forest Fun is the theme of this little tote with a plush squirrel and covered with mushrooms. Spring is a good time to get out and hike in nature and look at animals and plants in wild places.

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Plush squirrel covered with mushrooms

Flower Power Showers from FlowerPowerShowers says: I make outdoor showers that look like flowers and other metal flower yard stakes.

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Outdoor Showers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says: We are enjoying the first signs of spring and have a number of flowers blooming in the yard. Our magnolia has just bloomed and we picked all of the flowers in our newest bridal listings. Time to start gardening and the best way to relax after a hot day in the yard is with a cold ice tea!

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Sand-Carved Decanter

The perfect Mother’s Day gift, we sand-carve our decanters and this decanter is perfect for ice tea, sangria, or any beverage you wish to serve in style! Choose from our designs and available font selection and have your order gift wrapped for shipping direct to your recipient @DesignstheLimit

Debbie Haward from HollyBeeandCompany says: We make Wooden home decor. One of our favorite items is our Mountain pieces. We use an all natural homemade earth pigment stain. We also make these as custom order by size and design.

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Wooden Mountain Decor

Heatherleanne from MississippiMayhem says: Here at Mississippi Mayhem, I started creating floral anatomy embroideries. The most recent one I’ve completed is a lung piece.

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Floral Anatomy Embroideries

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says: I’m ready for warmer weather with flowers and butterflies! These butterfly earrings are made of turquoise magnesite with colorful bead accents.

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Butterfly Earrings

Stacy from LilacHouseFlorals says, Celebrate the beauty of spring with an elegant hydrangea wreath for your front door!

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Elegant Door Wreath

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says, For me, the ocean is one of the big forces of nature. I am lucky to live close by the Pacific Ocean and whenever I spend time at the coast I am captivated by its stunning beauty. A walk on the beach shows me all the treasures nature has to offer right here: driftwood, shells, sand dollars, algae, small crabs.

This mixed media painting was inspired by the interestingly shaped piece of driftwood I found at one of our beaches. Everything else evolved around it. I added some shells and a sea star as well. The quote by Kate Chopin was the final touch and fits perfectly.

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Painting of Driftwood

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says, Spring is time for trees to bloom new leaves and flowers.
It’s also a time for enjoying sunshine and warmer temps.
A time for planting flowers. Texas is known for wildflowers along the highways. We also offer them as wedding favors too.

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Beautiful Flowers

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says: Spring and Summer sees the emergence of Ladybirds, and these Ladybird charms are perfect for creating spring jewellery, keychains or a wide variety of crafts!

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Ladybird Charms

Holistichem from Holistichem says: Our bracelet features a natural Lava Stone charm. Lava Stone is formed from magma erupted from a volcano, so you can have a little bit of nature hanging from your wrist!

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Natural Lava Stone Charm Bracelet

Linda from LazyYVintage says: The life of a farmer is about nature. And, this cute Precious Moments plate is called, “I Believe in Miracles.” The miracle of life and nature are one in the same. As we continue through our lives and adventures remember to take the time to enjoy nature and all its wonders.

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Precious Moments plate; “I Believe in Miracles”

Christine from cwagenblass9 says; Things in nature have always been an inspiration to me like the patterns and colors of flowers and butterflies.

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Flowers and Butterflies

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says; As a gift, one could print up a few of these ladybugs and flowers mini-notecards and tie them up with a ribbon. What says nature more than bugs and flowers?

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Ladybugs, Flowers Mini Notecards

Kristen from KestrelCollection says; Great as a gift or for yourself this red and pink floral motif necklace is a way to wear a little spring time nature. I love to see my floral jewelry worn by the fairies at the city renissance festival.

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Motif Necklace

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says; What more fun in the springtime than to go fishing down by the lake? I had the privilege when I was growing up to have my very own lake so boy oh boy the stories I can tell of the fish I caught!

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Spring time bracelet

Barbara from MermaidsHatBox says; I love the spring, when in my garden the flowers begin to sprout.
My garden is a little bit chaotic. I have hardly a plan and plant where I find place. So it is often a surprise in the spring, where some plants sprout from the soil.
The purse from pure new wool is hand-knitted and felted, then embroidered and decorated with beads. The bag will be closed by a button which colour suits the embroidery.

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Embroidered purse

Men’s And Women’s Fashion

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Over the years there have been so many different trends and looks in fashion. There have been bell-bottoms, flapper wear, leisure suits and more.

What do you have in your shop that relates to men and women’s fashion?

What can you tell us about the fashion? What year is it from? What decade? Tell us anything and everything you can about it.

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says films like the Great Gatsby, Miss Fisher, Downton Abbey show us the very creative decade of the 20th. Luxurious materials such as silk, velvet and lace are precedence, many in Gold and silver for the grand appearance. Embellished with sequins and sparkling beads and buttons.

I love to make the Cloche Hat of this decade. It makes a lot of fun to go looking for particular materials and to tread them.

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1920s Cloche hat

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said the perfect gift for Father’s Day, we offer the option of having a personalized gift message engraved on the inside cover and offer a select of designs and fonts to choose from for monogramming. It’s never too early to shop for Father’s Day! Plan a personalized gift for Dad in 2017! We added this wallet, a manicure kit, and business card holders all available in a variety of colors to provide affordable personalized gifts for every recipient and every occasion! Get social @DesignstheLimit and keep us in mind for all of your gift giving occasions!

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Personalized engraved wallet

LM Shewalter from BackoftheDrawer states that I think this vintage hat is from the 70s. It reminds me of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” or “Maude”. They wore so many cool things! This hat is made from patterned white and gold fabric with glints of gold and silver metallic threads. The velvet bow and the netting are in great condition. This hat looks like it just came out of Mary Tyler Moore’s closet.
It’s just a bright, fun statement of the decade… spunky and assertive!

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Vintage 1970s womens hat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says fashion outfits are always completed by accessories…. and this is where jewellery steps up to the plate!
These earrings feature handmade paper beads and seed beads and are ideal accessories to spring and summer outfits, and are also perfect for the transition from day to evening wear!

Triangle shaped earrings-pastel pink paper and bead earrings

I Can See Clearly Now

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

They say something is ‘Crystal Clear’ when you can see right through it, like good, pure water or clean glass. We asked our Teamies what they love and/or offer that is crystal clear, and here’s what they shared with us.

 

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

These beads are not only clear, but are also faceted giving them a crystal like quality. This type of gem is so versatile – it can be combined with any colour and will reflect that colour; can be used as a focal among other colours; or can be used on its own!

These beads are ideal for jewellery design, quilting, scrapbooking – name your craft project!

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Faceted Round Acrylic Flat Back Sew Beads Available in Silver Jewellery and Craft Supplies 1.8 cm diameter – quantity 20

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I enjoy looking for vintage milk bottles. The red graphics of a woman archer on this clear glass bottle are fabulous!
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Glass Milk Bottle “University of Wisconsin” Dairy 50s Rare Red Pyro Archery “Duraglas” Logo Athlete Woman Archer 1951 Sports Art Gift

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels said:

When I first came upon these beads I was so enthusiastic with the bubbles as they were crystal clear and projected an iridescent color in them. The shells captured that color. The name “Under the Sea” seemed appropriate for this necklace.

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Under the Sea with Crystal Clear Bubbles and Shells Statement Necklace, Chunky, Women’s Jewelry, Women’s Accessories, Fashion Jewelry, OOAK

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner said:

This is a round sphere crystal ball, just like a fortune-teller uses to see into the future for predictions about your life! Clear Quartz crystal has a powerful vibration and has been used for centuries by magicians and clairvoyants. I personally love working with freshly charged clear quartz crystal, it supercharges my creativity for days!
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Crystal Ball Pendant Necklace Fortune Teller Sphere

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said:

Clear crystal drops necklace with silver beads and chain. Quartz is a stone of pure energy, and will lift your spirits just being around it. Another plus is you can wear this with anything!

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Crystal Quartz Drops Leather Necklace Bohemian Tribal Jewelry

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

At Design’s the Limit, we offer both Crystal& Glass for Wine & Spirits including sand-carved personalization for the best combination of quality in both product and service. We also offer the option of having the bottom of any product sand-frosted. Whether you are shopping for a centerpiece, ceremony set, or entertaining a large number of guests. Impress your guests in style @DesignstheLimit

We offer the Salmanazar 396 ounce Wine Decanter with Stopper shown above and the Double Magnum 128 ounce size as well. We also have a Giant 336 ounce Wine Glass in stock for special requests! Gift wrap and gift cards available for shipping direct to your recipient. We take personal to the next level, go BIG and make your next gift opportunity a gift giving experience to be remembered!

Wine centerpiece crystal decanter and stopper

Suzi TC from Oldewoods said:

When I first discovered the joys of vintage buying and selling I was shy about stocking glass items … party because I knew very little about identifying quality, but I also had a deep fear of getting the packaging wrong and ending up with breakages! My learning curve included watching the TV show Bargain Hunters, and that is where I first heard about Orrefors crystal. This paneled art glass bowl was my first personal encounter with the ‘real thing’. Stunned by the both the design and the clarity, I overcame my anxiety and brought it into my shop. I now stock quite a few glass pieces but this one is still my all time favorite.

Orrefors crystal art glass bowl

Many thanks to all who shared these great items with us!

Until next time,

Sheila

 

Dream Kitchen

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Dream Kitchen

I love this topic! I have many dream kitchen scenarios in my head and in the course of adulthood have had the pleasure of making some of those dreams reality. Right now my kitchen is a dreamy retro cafe with vintage radio and soda bottle collections, restaurant booths and even a Coca-Cola vending machine in the nearly dining room.

To many the words DREAM KITCHEN means with all the bells and whistles – new appliances, granite countertops, plenty of storage space. To others this could mean just the perfect combination of space, themed decor and a breakfast nook to enjoy their mornings. What kind of dream kitchen do you envision or have you seen/visited over the years? We’d love to see your accompanying items and hear your stories.

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I hate to cook, LOL! My idea of a Dream Kitchen or pretty one is a theme in pretty colors and of course a big enough one to eat in and decorate, LOL! So, for now how about a cheerful blue and white kitchen with an Asian theme and Oriental flare!

On shelves above you can have Asian style artsy items in blue and white, maybe a wall hanging embroidered with the gorgeous Japanese style gardens that I have seen! Doors leading outside to a small Japanese themed herb garden with little stone pagodas and such!

The table which is the center of most kitchens in many cultures can be set with bamboo place mats and a Chinese or Japanese fancy ginger jar or two, along with some bonsai trees and Oriental style flower arrangements! Then, set the table for tea with a pretty Asian teapot like mine I have posted below, matching tea cups, and have a relaxing time with friends having Asian cuisine and tea!

Domo arigatou gozaimasu! (Thank You very much, in Japanese!)

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Asian Hexagonal Vintage Teapot

Leila Blakely from LasLovelies says

I almost had a dream kitchen. I loved my re-wired 20’s stove and oven on legs. I was able to feed my cats under there. Ha! Loved it. I even had the old-time refrigerator with the motor up on the top.
I decorated the tops of my cupboards with Hills Brothers Coffee Tins and every nook and cranny with Royal or Schilling Tins along with my red and white Hall Pottery collection. I added the red and white gingham curtains with white ruffles and black ribbon. Perfectly cute. Now I want to have a farmer sink and porcelain drain cupboards. I really don’t care if I have a dishwasher since the only thing that fits in them are plates which are the easiest items to wash. My coffee cups don’t even fit.

As I mentioned before my tastes are changing but I still like the black, white and red accents. This is a fabulous decorator piece. It would look good in a modern, farm-house chic or even a retro kitchen. I’m sure someone would love to decorate with this nostalgic, workable food scale. Whether it’s in a grouping with other items such as fruit, flowers or utensils it will be sure to capture one’s eye. It is beautiful, intricate and in fine vintage condition.

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Vintage Retro Scale

After we made the last college tuition payment for our son, I was fortunate to be able to remodel our dated kitchen! We now have gorgeous cherry cabinets, quartz counters and, my favorite feature, a Grohe “touch less” faucet!
The contractor even honored my wish for a “curio” cabinet at one end of the island! It came out fantastic with wood shelving and glass doors. I enjoy displaying some of our Shop items inside. My daughter and I love finding retro (and kitschy) kitchen items, here is a cute trivet we found in Shipshewanna, Indiana.
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Metal Trivet

Linda from LazyYVintage says

We are now just finishing a kitchen remodel. It is kind of a farmhouse style with white brick walls and hickory cabinets. Just some trimming out and hanging my wall decorations back up and Jim is done.

But I love to cook and bake. So my favorite part of the new kitchen is a yellow painted peg board to hang up my cooking tools. Wire whisks, spatulas, ice cream scoops, tongs, etc. Julia Childs always have a peg board that her husband would put up where ever they lived in the world. I couldn’t wait for that piece to be done in my new yellow, green, and pine cone brown kitchen.

And, these are my new old everyday dishes. It was a big set of a service of 16, so some have made there way into the shop.

Vintage cotillion cups and saucers set of four

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

Love these cheerful items above! Really my dream kitchen is one that’s inviting and accommodates a lot of people. My kitchen right now is warm and inviting and our family loves it. The one thing that drives me crazy though is that our kitchen sink is right next to the back door, which is the door that everyone uses. So my dirty dishes are the first thing that people see!! When I win the lottery I’m definitely remodeling that!! Still, it seems the kitchen is the happiest place in our home!
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Printable Sign

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

Aahh – a dream kitchen! For me kitchens are about creating food – and food is about sharing with family and friends! These intimate dishes epitomize sharing – salt, pepper, dukkah, even candles! Enjoy
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Salt & Pepper Cellars

Carrie from TheMarchingBee says

My dream kitchen would be centered around drinks and fun. I would have a very nice hot drinks bar where I can make all sorts of versions of coffee and tea. I would have an espresso machine, french press, electric kettle, and of course a way to brew a big pot of coffee. I want a wide selection of teas, from simple black teas to herbal remedies. Although I’m not a big alcohol drinker, I still would love to have a small alcohol bar as well. I want wines for special occasions and a couple of nice bottles of whiskey for my husband to have a glass now and then. My center bar would also have comfortable bar chairs for sitting to play board and card games with guests. The decor would reflect my family’s nerd love, fun and playful. My kitchen is very large, and I’m happy to say that we are well on our way to making this dream happen!
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Travel Coffee Mug Cozy

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

We offer a variety of gifts for kitchen and entertaining, but nothing is more of a dream for preparing and serving than our personalized bruschetta set. We personalize one side of the board and you can turn it over to reveal a bread knife and bread board perfect for preparing bruschetta. Set even includes three ceramic dishes for self-serve appetizers in style!

@DesignstheLimit we offer a wide variety of quality products as a canvas for our artistic personalization. We also offer an ever-expanding number of professional services including gift cards, engraved gift messaging on the underside of the board, and everything you need from graphic design to gift wrap to bring your ideas to your doorstep!

Personalized Bruschetta Bread Board Set including Ceramic Bowls and Bread Knife Engraved with Family Monogram Design Options

Bruschetta Bread Board

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

I love all your dream kitchen ideas and your items.I would like to visit your dream kitchens, have a bite to eat, something nice to drink and warm company ,thanks everyone! It’ll be in the blog form soon.

I think if I had an extra kitchen (because I love my chickens and roosters in the main cooking part of the present one) I think I would decorate with owls, this black and white one would be useful.. the counter-tops could be black marble and the back splashes white marble.

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Wooden Owl Paper Towel Holder

Wedding Party Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

When you are getting married you have so much to plan and so many people needed to help you get it together. There are caterers,photographers and more, but some of the most special people helping you will be your “wedding party”.

For being right there with you, most couples buy their special people gifts or tokens of remembrance of the day. These could be anything personalized, glassware, candy, apparel, jewelry and more.

Here at CIJ we want to know what “wedding party” gifts do you have and to tell us something about them.

Joanna Marzec from PaintingsGallery says I love the idea of having a painting or a print which feature where the couple was married. It would brings back this special memories from the wedding day every time they look at it.

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Scottish Island Art

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint said I’ve made up personalized cuff links for the wedding party before – sometimes just as a special gift to groom from the bride, and sometimes for the whole party – groom, fathers, ushers, as a lovely memento of the day.

They are all individually packaged with labels with the initials of each on.

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Personalized wooden letter tile cuff link

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states that this is a pair of vintage earrings that would be great for the Bride if she is going for a Vintage look OR for either of the Mothers in the wedding party. A great gift for a mom to give her daughter that is being married OR for a daughter to give her mom to wear at her wedding.

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Vintage gold rhinestone earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we offer a number of gifts and favors for weddings and create personalized toasting and ceremony sets for the bride and groom. Our personalized stemless champagne flutes are one of our most popular items and we are now offering the additional option of having the bottom sand-frosted as well! We are a Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award Winner again in 2017 and have four sections of our shop devoted to Weddings for the Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Registry Gifts, & Ceremony Essentials @DesignstheLimit

Frosted stemless champagne glass

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said sweet and whimsical bridal cards to ask those near and dear to be a part of the wedding party. fun interactive mirror cards for bridesmaids, maid and matron of honor, flower girl, and ring bearer.

Will you be my bridesmaid card set

Concluding The #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Thank you for joining us for the #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight here on the Christmas In July blog! It was a really fun time!

We had a fantastic line up of Christmas In July team member small businesses for you to get to know.

Each shop at our #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight was individually introduced so please look in their store, get to know them and shop!

Here are the featured shops:

Kelly / ColourscapeStudios / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

SLS / StockLaneStudio / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

Richard and Tatiana / DesignstheLimit / #EtsyCIJ Small Business Spotlight

I would like to take a moment to thank the CIJ leaders who wrote the articles! Please take a moment to check out their shops!

Alicia from AliciasFindings

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

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Head In The Clouds

Contributor post by Alicia from AlicasFindings

When people say you “have your head in the clouds”, they mean your dreams or goals are so fantastical or impractical as to ever come true.

Here at CIJ we want to know all about any cloud or sky related items you have in your shop.

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says as artists, we have our head in the clouds and seek to fly above them.

Tatiana dreams of travelling to every destination we ship a package to or design a custom frame for. Her art is an expression of her deeper desire to experience the world and her art inspires everyones imagination.

As a writer, Richard is a bibliophile and loves to post, message, and talk to customers about our products and services. Keep your imagination in full gear, we can bring your ideas to your doorstep using any canvas or concept you dream up, Making your dreams come to life is why we started our Etsy shop, we can design for any ideas you have in mind.

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Desktop memo holder

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said we have an interesting collection of antique stereoview cards in our Shop. These were originally viewed through a stereoscope to produce a 3D image. Today, these are great to display on a shelf as a fun travel prop.

This card features a famous lighthouse in Cuba, showing clouds in a blue sky background:

 

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Lighthouse photo vintage cuba stereoview card

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery states my “head in the clouds” goal is to have people be more comfortable with more color in their lives – starting with colorful jewellery! This brooch is inspired by a traditional motif of a bird. In my mind, the yellow bird is representing joy while flying and singing in a beautiful blue summer sky!

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Blue skies embroidered brooch

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio discusses that I love this ‘cloudy’ theme. I’m a space-cadet whose head is always in the clouds. Stock Lane Studio offers great sky blue printable art that gives off nothing but positive vibes. I like to think that artists and colorful characters would love to have this Happy quote decorating their walls.

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Teen word art printable gift

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium says this little guy represents the innocent child-like dreaming of us all. The “head in the clouds” kind of wishing and hoping. Many of us have sat just as this little boy gazing up at the stars reciting this sweet little rhyme and hoping that our wish would come true.

“Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.”

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Wish upon a star collectible plate

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals said I have always been fascinated by the moon and stars. As a child I would stay up late , way past my bedtime, to watch them. This is a cute little jewelry box decorated with a galaxy theme and a blue moon.

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Galaxy jewelry box