It’s All About The Laugh

Hi!  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u.  Did you know that a good laugh is good for the soul, that laughter helps reduce tension, and that laughter is definetely so much better overall than being grumpy?

And did you know that the entire month of April has been declared National Humor Month?  All kinds of information about National Humor Month can be found here.   So take some time to tip your hat to Larry Wilde, Director of The Carmel Institute of Humor, who founded National Humor Month.  Needless to say, some of our team members have product in their Etsy Shops that will tickle your funny bone too!  So read on and enjoy a laugh or two along the way.

Camille and Susan of upCdooZ start us off with this darling upcycled Dr. Seuss Horton Hear a Who girls T-Shirt Dress.  Dr. Seuss is always good for a laugh no matter your age!


Kelly of ColourscapeStudios has a way with words and captures them on prints!  This is one of my favorites – check out her shop though for many more.

colourscapeBeadsandThreadsbyAmy does custom embroidery.  One of Amy’s favorites is this “Help Wanted” kitchen design.  Her only wish is that her husband would get the hint!


Humor is old as mankind is.  TangerineToes has this vintage item available in her shop.  It is a “Real Women Don’t Cook Dinner” Miss Piggy Towel.  Who can keep a straight face around Miss Piggy and her muppet companions?


Lisa of Sparkklejar has another laughter inducing vintage piece.  Only the grumpiest of grumps can keep a straight face at the sight of these zombie stabbing pickle forks!

sparkllejarJeanne of CedarwoodCreations loves to laugh!  When she found these mustache charms she absolutely had to make necklaces using them because they made her smile!

cedarcreationsRita of SticksNStonesGifts made these cute comical bug napkins for kids so that they have something fun at lunchtime.  The print makes Rita laugh so she’s sure they will bring smiles and enjoyment to others too!

sticksandstonesEvelyn and Lucy of artsyEVE also incorporate fun fabrics into their products.  This cat fabric is one of their favorites and have made this adorable soft baby book using it.


So here’s hoping that one of more of these products have brought a smile to your face, a bit of laughter, and the knowledge that we have the whole month of April to celebrate humor!!

Gifts from our EtsyChristmasInJuly Leaders

Hi All.  It’s Rita from HandmadeBits4u again.

I have been featuring gifts from our team members in previous posts.  These include:

Gifts Under $20
Gifts Under $50
Gifts/Stocking Stuffers Under $10 

Today I want to feature gifts from our leaders and blog contributors – it’s a small way to express our thanks for the extra time and effort they put in to keep the team running.

First, we need to say a big thank you to our tireless and super organized team leader, Michelle of EviesToolEmporium.   Michelle’s shop specializes in metal stamping sets, drill bit sets, jewelry pliers, manners, vises, metalworking tools, jewelry tools, craft tools and hobby tools.  You can also find tutorials in their shop using the tools that are sold.  Check out this 36 piece 1/16″ (1.5mm) Letter and Number Metal Stamping Set with Case, Steel Bench Block, and Hammer.  It’s perfect for anyone on your list who has a passion for metal stamping.


Because of their love of nature, AGiftOfNature features adorable miniature landscapes and aquaecapes.  These mini terrariums bring the beauty of nature to you in your home or office.  This Birds Nest Air Plant Aviary is a DIY Kit and features a festive airplant with natural woodland decor!


Alicia of AliciasFindings creates jewelry through her thoughts, ramblings, and current trends.  This beautiful kumihimo necklace has a dichroic glass leaf pendant.  It’s a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.


Paula of ilPiccoloGiardino enjoys making preserves, jams and jellies this time of year.  I’m drooling over these homemade Fig and Orange Jam Sweet and Savory Jellies.  It’s a great spread for holiday cheese platters and is a super fantastic hostess gift!!


Jente of KnittingHedgehog has a rocking chair and a secret little garden that provides her with inspiration to knit and create her unique and luxurious knitwear.  Her attention to detail sets her apart from others.  This eco friendly, 100% pure new wool Owl Hat is a prime example of her workmanship!

knitting hedgehog

Natalie of whenshuttersclick is a fun-loving, crafting girl who fell in love with photography at a very early age.  She combines her love of crafting and her love of photography in creating beautiful pieces featuring both old and new photos.  You will find necklaces, cards, gift tags, bookmarks, key chains, tie clips, money clips and more in her shop.  This blank Photo Note Card is but one of her many creations.


And I guess I need to toot my own horn too.  I’m a craftaholic for sure.  I have dabbled in many different kinds of crafts and still have the urge to go out and buy supplies for any new one I see.  My first love though is working with fabric.  I recently started making Cathedral Window Pincushions.  I have a couple listed in my HandmadeBits4u shop and am working on a few more for the shop and for upcoming fall craft fairs.


So thank you to our EtsyChristmasInJuly leaders and contributors!  You are appreciated for sure.  Watch for more posts for gifts ideas from our team members in the near future.