The Joy Of Color

Contributor Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

As an artist I love colors of every hue, brightness, patina, neon! You name it I have used it in some aspect in an art or craft item. As a collector, I love the unique and wonderful vintage item, the older the better – in many aged woods and metals, or any combination, even plastic and fabrics!

If this topic has swept over you with magnificent rainbows, fluttering golden wings and blue-green ocean waves Please share your thoughts! We’d love to hear them and see your items.

Leila Blakely from LasLovelies says

 I have always loved the bright and bold color palette . My favorite is the rainbows I get to see from my view into the river valley below me. I have several beautiful double rainbow photos I have been able to capture. God’s handiwork and promise.

This little gal is the epitome of a rainbow. Ha! Her colorful leggings and bright multi colored cumber bun. I really don’t think anyone can get any closer to a bright and bold statement as this little doll. As much as this palette is my favorite I certainly don’t think I would be caught dead wearing an outfit like this. Ha!

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Alexander Doll Jingles

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE says

 I enjoy beautiful colors, and a cold, drab winter makes me anxious for spring when the green shoots of grass begin to appear and colorful Easter eggs can be hidden among the budding spring flowers. This gift bag is perfect for spring and for Easter gifts; it is the color of spring!
Easter, Springtime Gift Bag

Springtime Gift Bag

As an artist I love getting my hands covered in paints. I seem to paint myself as well as any piece I am working on. My favorite color is Yellow warm and relaxing. I totally get lost in colors and thoughts while painting. Painting and designing my work bring joy to my life with a slash of color to my world.
Easter egg door hanger Easter door hanger Easter Egg Spring door hanger Spring Wreath Garden stake Yard Art ©Jack Jack's Wayart

He is Risen Sign

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Soo….as an interior designer, I’m an equal opportunity COLOR lover!! There really isn’t ANY color I don’t enjoy working with! I often push folks to step away from the safe and boring ” beige” as I know they are always more thrilled with the “feeling” a color brings to an interior.

As for my ETSY work…COLOR is always critical. I like things to blend well, so I’m very “picky” about how an art piece comes together. Every addition to a piece has to be complimentary. I consider the “balance” of color throughout every work as well. Here are Holt Howard Kitties that are “Vintage Valentine’s brought to life!” Putting together a pleasing palette for this pair was fun for me!

Holt Howard Kitty Cat Valentine Decoration Vintage Japan Mid Century Modern 50's 60's Kitsch Style Whimsical Retro Holiday Figurine OOAK

Kitty Cat Valentine Decor

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Many people are afraid of color! As a designer, we love to start with a few key pieces in solids and start adding colors and textures. Most kitchens tend to have a neutral color palette and this is one of the easiest rooms to add pops and sparks of color! Start with a colorful vase, a piece of artwork or a series of colorful tea towels. It will liven up the room and your enhance your spirit!
Vintage Tea and Scones Kitchen Towel by Lamont Strawberry Jam Scones Recipe Tea Dish Towel English Cottage Cream Teas Tea Time Gift

Vintage Tea Towel

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says

 I don’t think I ever met a color I didn’t like (except maybe mustard yellow). When I find a design or pattern I like, my first inclination is to make it in every color that the fiber comes in. I have made my winter hats in all the basics – black, brown, gray, blue – and have more to work through. My favorite so far is this bright pistachio green, accented with a hint of white & gray alpaca.
Pistachio Green Russian Style Hat, Hand Knit Cossack Hat, Wool Ski Cap, Winter Toque, Warm Winter Hat, Man's or Woman's Hat, Ready to Ship

Russian Style Hat

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 I love colour (even when it is not in fashion – lol) and one of my first memories of colour is looking through a kaleidoscope as a child. The patterns and colours left an imprint on my mind that I am still inspired by today.

These beads, available in a range of colours, remind me of the kaleidoscope effect because of the faceted surface which reflects colour, and look great when incorporated in jewellery, costume design , bunting, journalling and more.

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads in Blue, Green, Gold, Silver, Purple & Red Jewellery and Craft Supplies 2.2 cm x 1.1cm - lots of 20

Tear Drop Sew On Beads

Mi H from MCART30 says

 Color is magical! It tells stories hidden in a piece of art. I love all colors ranging from black and white to pastel and bold rainbow colors. I guess it depends on my mood at that moment to decide which color to use in my painting. I am thankful to be able to enjoy colors and appreciate them as much as I can.
Cute Beaded Elephant, 3D Beaded Animals, 3D Beaded Miniature Blue Elephant, Cute Animal Home Decor, 3D Figure, Home Design, Bead Toy

Cute Beaded Elephant

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says

 Once upon a time I was completely intimidated by color. As a then Manhattanite I tended to wear black – a lot. It was not until I began to take classes in jewelry design that my eyes were opened to the endless possibilities of color. In much of my work I lean toward bright colors and unusual pairings of disparate colors. Finding vintage materials in unusual colors or color pairings is always a joy.

These three necklaces feature a trio of vintage hand painted fish with a folk art vibe in bright and interesting color combinations. The fish were originally part of a large statement necklace. The original piece had large oxidized chain links with antique brass bells and etched fish as well as four smaller plump hand painted fish which I turned into earrings. The necklace was a vintage piece that belonged to a family member but no one seems to know its origins. Reimagining that original funky strand of odd bits of vintage painted wood and metal was such fun!

Folk Art Fish Necklace

Folk Art Fish Necklace

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says

 My favorite colors are that of a glorious sunrise. Pinks, blues, orange, and white, with the yellow of the sun mixed in. I made these earrings with that in mind.

Reminiscent of the colors in a desert sunrise, these earrings will be sure to start off your day in a colorful way!

Desert Sunrise Multi Color Copper Beaded Earrings Bohemian Jewelry Tribal Jewelry

Bohemian Jewelry

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 We love to use different colors to tell a story with our listing photos. When photographing our new 7 ounce juice glasses last spring, the flowers in our yard where in full bloom and we picked the flowers in this listing photo from behind our garage. We love the way this listing came together and are looking forward to taking more pictures as soon as the flowers start to bloom.
We started offering wine and champagne glasses for the bridal party and on occasion would receive a special request for the Flower Girls and Jr. Bridesmaids so we decided to take action. At Design’s the Limit, we love custom order requests. let us know if you have any out of the box ideas, we look forward to hearing from you.
Flower Girl Personalized Juice Glasses Engraved for your Recipient with Our Bridal Party Monogram Design Options (Each - 6.75 oz.)

Flower Girl Juice Glass

Dawn Whitehandfrom DeeDeeDeesigns says

 I love colour! This charm bracelet is created from paper beads – made by myself. Glossy advertisement brochures are used to make the beads – and we all know how colourful advert mags are! So they are prefect for designing colourful paper beads.
Handmade Charm Bracelet Bright Colourful Paper Beads Recycled Vegan Jewellery

Handmade Charm Bracelet

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says

 I LOVE color – which is evident if you take a scroll through my shop! I made these pendants after being inspired by the color of a glacier I saw, which was blue even though we think of ice or snow as white. This led me to think about all of the colors that make up white light until it is bent by a prism! Hence, the “Colors of white” enameled pendants!
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Colors of White Pendant

christine from designmefab says

 I love bright colors and unusual textures in my pieces!

I have always had a flair for fashion, and design.
Something about bright, bold colors, just gives you that feel good feeling of calm and serenity.
All my creations are colorful bold and a part of my personality.
Bright, stones and fabrics, just seem to make the world a sunnier place!
I hope you love my creation!
Rainbow color stone teeth, pink turquoise Buddha’s.

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Bohemian Necklace

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 Here is a bright colorful photograph from my photography shop. Carnival or Mardi Gras season is coming up and I though this shot of the Gilles of Binche in Belgium would be perfect. I love how the photograph captures the wind blowing their white ribbons and ruffling their ostrich plumed hats. This white creates a sharp contrasts with their colorful hand stitched traditional costumes and baskets of oranges.
Travel Photography Carnival Parade Belgium European festivals photo 4x8 wanderlust decor Belgian culture carnaval spring celebrations Binche

Belgian Travel Photography

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

Anyone who’s been into my shop will see a riot of colour! My home is like a rainbow, rooms of blue, yellow, green, red, grey and beige all because my kids got to choose their bedroom colour and they went bright as kids do. When I saw this beautiful colourful fabric I thought perfect for a little girl’s bag!

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Little girls flower fabric purse

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

As an artist I love creating many of my pieces with vibrant colors in mind. Color to me makes even a gloomy day seem brighter!! While my favorite colors are purple, red, coral, and turquoise I will still experiment with any color to its fullest potential. As you can see in this wristlet I love many shades of color and will use just about anything to bring it to life.

In my home I have painted the walls a neutral color so that I can use vibrant colors to bring life to each room and tell the story of what they are used for which leaves my guest walking wanting to take those ideas to implement in their own homes. Yes….color is the way to express yourself to its deepest level.

Peace and Love crossbody bag

Peace and Love crossbody bag

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks says

I like to knit a bright and colorful socks. It reflects my approach to life. I believe that colors have a therapeutic effect.As a knitter I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.
All my items are made with love and positive thoughts and My goal is to make you smile and bring you Joy.

Colorful hand knit wool socks

Colorful hand knit wool socks

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

Each and every item in my shop are bright and colorful and it is visible in this necklace. The beads are bright and bold and remind me of when I was a kid, little rock candies and bright-colored jawbreakers or even bubble gum that you could buy for a penny. Nowadays I don’t believe you can buy anything for a penny! A penny doesn’t go very far these days…does it!

Rainbow colored wire crochet jewelry set

Rainbow colored wire crochet jewelry set

Jerry and Opalfrom ApronStringsOwlLady says

Hello everyone, these are great examples of the joys found in color combinations.

I work mostly in pastels and when I set my shop up found myself challenged by a special order (and realizing I had limited my palette) when a customer requested bold colors of red, black and white.

My owl paper towel holder came out pretty cute!

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Owl Paper Towel in Bold Colors

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Saucy And Sweet

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Saucy and Sweet

When I heard this title it immediately made me think of food, my favorite saucy and sweet chicken dish – but on second thought, there are many items in our Etsy shops that could be deemed as Saucy  or Sweet!

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and can’t wait to see your items.

Thank you in advance for your submissions, Opal

Cher from LooseChipsWoodWork says

Magazine May 7th 1971 Saucy Feminist Men Like Germaine Greer Restoring Historical Savannah Mansions Viet Nam John Connally

Talk about a fun find, eh? A Saucy Feminist!

This Magazine sure sparks some memories for me… living through the sixties and all the crazies … me included! The peace marches and city park demonstrations… the patches sewn over holes in my blue jeans because they were the only ones I owned and wanted to wear until everyone started loving one another again … oh yes did I mention… living on the road and in a tent… visiting Washington DC and handing out chocolate chip cookies to everyone in front of the BIG White House… of boy… the list goes on… I guess I was kind of Saucy Feminist back then too and can relate to this cover girl …

Now I am awaiting my 65th birthday and Social Security so I can have health insurance and with #9 grand baby arriving in less a month and 4 children all way older than I was when I used to be saucy girl …
Well please have fun turning the pages of time in this magazine … I hope you like reading through the fun pages and some sad ones… remembering our brave children/soldiers as they fought, died and sort of survived the Viet Nam War Era.
Life Magazine May 7th 1971 Saucy Feminist Men Like Germaine Greer Restoring Historical Savannah Mansions Viet Nam John Connally

Vintage Life Magazine

Oh my! Cher brought memories flooding back into my mind. Those were the days as I currently watch the Trump Inauguration protests going on. It saddens me but I’m thankful I live in a country of freedom of speech.

Also the days have left of us for the freedom of wearing our furs. We are spit on and looked at with disgust. I love wearing mine still as I’m a rebel at heart. They are warm and make me feel elegant and special. I feel ‘Saucy’ and I’m ‘Sweet’ (when I want to be). This is a lovely all season short jacket for a night out or going to lunch.

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Vintage Fox Jacket

Linda from LazyYVintage says

I like sauce. I cook with a lot of different sauces and love that you can call gravy, sauce. Or sauce, gravy. From barbecue sauce to a lovely hollandaise, saucy dishes are my favorite to prepare. I think that is why I’m always on the look out for gravy boats and sauce bowls. And, when you can find the ladle with it! Well, you just have to pick that up, won’t you?

Nippon Sauce Bowl with Ladle Hand Painted Nippon Bowl with Underplate and Ladle Elegant Dining Mayonnaise or Mustard Bowl Edwardian

Nippon Sauce Bowl

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says

This bible quote is near and dear to my heart! As I have a strong faith in our Lord Jesus! I made this window frame vinyl decal as a wedding gift. For a cousin’s daughter, she love her gift. She will using it as part of her wedding decorations.

I began doing frames just a short time ago they have done well with my local customers.
Being new project bring much joy to heart!

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Song of Solomon Window Pane

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Ice Cream, Pudding, Fruit, Vegetables, Soup or Dipping Sauces are just some of the fun and delicious good eats that can be served up in these retro gold aluminum dishes! It doesn’t matter if it’s saucy or sweet – it will be a fun treat!
Retro Gold Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls - Set of 4 Pedestal Dishes - Metal Footed Dessert Dishes - 1950s Mid Century Modern - Collectible - Gift

Retro Gold Aluminum Ice Cream Bowls

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

When I saw the sailor illustration and the text “Girls in every port,” I wondered what the message would be inside!

(I didn’t need to worry! )

This is a sweet military theme keepsake from the 40s!

Sailor Valentine "Girls In Every Port" 30s 40s Navy Love Nautical Stand Up Card

Sailor Valentine “Girls In Every Port” 30s 40s Navy Love Nautical Stand Up Card

CKay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Can a girl alligator be saucy? The boy alligators sure think so! This “sweet” face has such a direct and inquisitive expression…I can see her thinking “Are you my LOVE, or are you my dinner??”

Alligator Figurine Vintage Valentine Salt & Pepper

Alligator Figurine Vintage Valentine Salt & Pepper

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

Cooking is our second passion and working in our Etsy shop allows us to cook and entertain with the personalized touch you are looking for. We fell in love with the design of this ceramic serving tray and offer engraving with monogram in any font we have available. Custom orders are always available and we can engrave a gift message on the bottom for the personalized touch. Gift wrap and gift cards available for shipping to your recipient in style. Make your next gift a gift giving moment to remember and give a gift that can be both useful and appreciated. The unexpected gift is the gift that you design with your recipient in mind @DesignstheLimit

Have your next Superbowl party in style, we can design for any idea you have in mind.

Ceramic Appetizer Serving Platter Set with Ceramic Tray, Bowls, and Picks in an Engraved Pick Caddy

Ceramic Appetizer Serving Platter Set with Ceramic Tray, Bowls, and Picks in an Engraved Pick Caddy

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Those are indeed, saucy and sweet! Love your items and your stories..

Thank you for your submissions everyone!

Member Feature: JackJacksWayart

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Jackie of JackJacksWayart, our featured member!

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Tell us about yourself.

I am a gifted artist that has been drawing since childhood. Drawing became a passion for me as a teenager.
After marring at age 18 I gave up my art for many years.

Raising my children there was little time for art. I am married to my high school sweetheart for 41 years. We have three children, six grands, and one great grand child.

About 9 years ago I start back drawing and have not stopped since returning to my love of art.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

My shop open in July of 2014 after making a few wood door hangers a Christmas gifts. I started putting some on social media. Started getting some orders and my daughter-in-law had told me about how she love Etsy.

So I decided why not go for it I had nothing to lose.

Being a part of Etsy has open many doors for me giving my talent a chance to blossom!

Tell us a bit about your products.

I specialize in custom design door hangers for home decor. Any designs you have in mine I can make for you.

My shop has custom hand painted chalkboards, jewelry shelves, pastel portraits, and now adding custom signs.

I also sew adding many sewn items to my shop.

Started making handmade jewelry about a year ago to have something to do while my paints dried.

Found I enjoyed making cute jewelry pieces as well.JackJacksWayart3

What inspires your work?

My faith in God as I look around me I see the beauty he created.

I  pray before I start a new piece that his glory will shine through my work.

To me it does it still amazes me that I drew and painted each piece in my shop!

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

Building a solid fountain for myself to reach for higher goals through my work.

Hoping to added a new line of products before Christmas 2016.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

My custom designs are originals works of art not copied from others. I want my work to stand out and it does.

I have been told by many that my work is just beautiful.

Each designs I try to make it a one a kind piece so no two are exact. Even though they may look very close to the same.ackJacksWayart1

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio? Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Yes, I do have a studio. I share this with my grands when they come for a

There is a work station for painting my door hangers, areas for jewelry making.

Plenty of place to lay out my designs to enjoy!

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

How to brand my shop! Also how SEO helps my shop!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Before opening your shop do a little searching on Etsy see if you work stands out from others.

Make it your style so your will stand out in a crowd.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I love to swim in the summer. Doing home canning of all the vegetables we grow.

Growing flowers I have a good many flowers beds with roses, clematis vines, and many more.JackJacksWayart4

What is your favorite quote?

Seek God with all your heart.

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a page on Facebook, Pinterest, and Keep.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Life is a blessing don’t waste yours!

Do what makes you happy in life we only get one chance!

Make the most of yours!JackJacksWayart5

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

The Story Behind Your Etsy Shop Name

Guest post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

When I decided to open a shop and start my blog, I knew I wanted to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the retina (in the eye) that has affected a few members of my family so to incorporate it, I came up with EyeLoveKnots. I don’t have many eye related or inspired items, but I do have a number of children’s items created for my little cousin’s affected by this cancer.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team share the stories behind their shop names below! Enjoy!

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says:

I grew up with my Aunt who battled depression and I’ve lost family members to depression. There was a brief moment in my life when I was spiraling towards depression. It was after my husband’s brain surgery to remove a tumour. I had to quit my job in order to take care of him and my son which affected my confidence. So when I opened my shop I wanted to create colourful items that inject energy. Adding tastefully designed colourful items can be a great mood lifter. Especially in winter when is it is gloomy and grey here in Melbourne. Imagine how nice it would be to come home and find a room that is inviting.

AddaSplashofColour

AddaSplashofColour

Alison Kelly from DelanoDesignsHome says:

Delano is a family name and when I was having trouble thinking of what to call my business my daughter suggested Delano Designs. The Delano part of the family was very creative so it seemed like a great way to honor my family and I like how it sounds. Here is one of my newer blankets.

DelanoDesignsHome

DelanoDesignsHome

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Hi, I’m Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA! My sister, Susan, and I design whimsical and unique quilt patterns

Our shop name came from our maiden name “Passmore”, along with the nickname that my brother-in-law used for my sister, “Ms P”. When we decided to pursue our dream of having a quilt pattern design business, we added the word “Designs” to her nickname, and then “USA” to the end of our name.

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals says:

When we first started out our business name was Ivy & Em (our nicknames). We make jewelry, home wares and accessories through re-purposing old bicycle parts into fun and functional designs – we’re also (as you’ve probably already guessed) slightly obsessed with bicycles.

As our business grew we felt we needed to have something that reflected our brand, the products we make and our story a little more… we decided on Tread & Pedals.

We use the tread of bicycle tyres to make our belts and we pedal our wares – we also make wheelie cool clocks (and love puns, especially cycling related).

treadandpedals

treadandpedals

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

Emma Kay is actually my middle name. The Kay comes from my Aunty – it is also her middle name. My mum gave it to me when I was born.

I chose the Emma part. I chose it when I was 8 years old. My step dad was adopting me legally. Mum asked me if I wanted to change anything about my name, since we were going through all the paper work anyway. I asked to add Emma.

Singer-songwriter Bon Iver made an album called ‘For Emma, Forever Ago‘. I heard it for the first time on a friend’s old Toyota’s car stereo during a road trip from Sydney to Canberra during autumn – clear blue skies, multi-coloured leaves, a chance to get to know one another better.

I’ve listened to the album many times since then, but could barely tell you what the lyrics are. I listen to the melodies and the slow rhythms. Its an album I put on when I need to sooth myself.

One of the songs on the album is called ‘For Emma’. Bon Iver has described Emma as “an elusive subject… Emma is a statement, a sentiment and a closing of my own history.”

He elaborated further in another interview: “Emma isn’t a person…Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma’s a pain that you can’t erase.”

His words resonate with me. I agree that Emma is a feeling. But Emma to me is not pain so much as sentiment. Longing and loss. A moment from childhood that flashes through your mind before you can catch it all.

I don’t want to erase Emma. I want to keep it. Hold it close. I want to curl up with it on the lounge while I gaze out of the window and reflect on days past.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

Jack Jack’s Wayart came to be in part my nick name is Jack Jack the Way art come as my style of art. So I put the two words a one Wayart.

It took me some time to decide on a name one day it just came to me. I like my shop name it just fits

My shop offers custom design one of a kind door decor. Me.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We developed our concept before we chose a name for our business and when it came to choosing our name it was difficult. When you specialize in offering designs and accepting custom orders for inspired designs, we needed a name which described the concept of our endeavor. Combining The Sky is the Limit with Graphic Design Artwork, Design’s the Limit was born. We couldn’t find any other businesses with our name, so we purchased the domain and registered a trademark for our business. We welcome custom design requests and as we say, “We can design for any ideas you have in mind!”

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My shop name came about because after earning my Doctorate in 2009 my partner started calling me DD (Doctor Dawn), so this eventually translated into DeeDee, ergo DeeDeeDeesigns!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Tammy Richardson from VintageCastaways says:

My animal rescue is called Castawayacres that is what I named my shop to start out with. As I use a lot of my profits from the shop to help buy food and pay vet bills on the animals I rescue.

I have a few months back changed the name to VintageCastaways to give it more of a feel for what I sell.

That is how I became VintageCastaways.

VintageCastaways

VintageCastaways

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

I have an antique booth that I started out with first, so I really didn’t have a name for it.

I decided I wanted to go online and really try this avenue and make it a success.

My husband came up with my shop name. He used my name and said since I search out items for my shop then I am selecting vintage items and salvaging them from garage sales, estate sales, and others.

I really like it and the alliteration, he loves alliterations so go figure.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I named my shop after my father in law who passed away. I opened it to help me deal with my grief and to keep his memory alive. He was a special guy.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

Jennifer from CocoaDragonfly says:

I’m not sure I like it anymore, but “CocoaDragonfly” comes from our first rabbit, Cocoa, and our many dragonflies here. I like it, until I say it out loud!

CocoaDragonfly

CocoaDragonfly

Liesbeth Visscher from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says:

First it was Zathura. I was thinking of a catchy name but i realized I had to make something that can relate to my handmade jewelry.

So, one evening i was Just Having Fun With Beads And Findings and so JHFWBeadsAndFindings was born!

And this was the necklace i was making that evening.

JHFWBeadsAndFindings

JHFWBeadsAndFindings

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

This is going to totally sound corny compared to all your stories, because all of you have put such important meaning into your shop names, and mine was sort of an accident.

My legal business name has been Sachs Design since 1999 – hence my last name is Sachs (pronounced SAX) I really wanted to get vanity tags for my car one year with my business name on them but I couldn’t fit all the letters so I figured out that I could do:

SAX D SIGN

and squished them all together – and there ya go – it evolved into Saxdsign

I have since moved (13 years ago) and those old tags had to be turned in. Maryland doesn’t offer that many spaces on their plates so I have different tags now, but kept SAXDSIGN as a brand now.

See not very exciting!

saxdsign

saxdsign

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says:

When we first opened everything listed was toys and all were from the 1970’s easy way to find us. Since then we’ve added some collectibles. Seems easy to remember when searching online too. Pretty oldies but goodies available for a fun era in history.

toysfrom70s

toysfrom70s

What One Tip Do You Have For Those Starting An Online Business?

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

We asked our CIJ ‘veterans’ to share their most important advice for starting a new online business — to help out anyone who’s just getting started. Here’s what they said.

Well, I am certainly still learning, but I see improvements and more sales in my shop every day, so I will add something that has helped me along the way (just one??!!):
Have a good and creative VOCABULARY.
With an online business, getting found in the great wide web is essential, and great SEO is key. Once you have a product that people want to buy, you have to bring them to your shop. Use key words that shoppers use.

Sometimes that means thinking like a shopper, not an artist. For example, for paintings or fine art photography, save an artistic title for the listing description and use descriptors, style and shopping terms for the titles and tags. My carousel photograph reminds me of my childhood, so I could title it: Return to childhood. I would use that in a gallery show or as part of the photograph signature. But that title is too abstract so I would not put that in the title or tags because most people don’t use ‘return’ to search for fine art photography or carousels. Instead I try to think like a buyer: Who wants the photo and what would they use it for? I had one shopper comment that they found one photograph by searching for ‘picture’ instead of using ‘photography’ or photo.

I like to use phrases that combine highly used words with words specific to the listings. Designers and new parents, for example, would search for ‘nursery decor’ or apartment decor’, 2 highly used phrases. But then using ‘red nursery decor’ or ‘girls boys nursery decor’ would increase my chances of getting found.

I like to use EtsyRank (etsyrank.com) to get keyword help (use the KEYWORD TOOL)
The site has a list of the most popular colors at the moment COLOR TREND). (the word ‘gold’ is clearly the most searched color word according to EtsyRank with 6 million+). I would use ‘red’ as a key title and tag word because that has 2+ million searches). Then I would also add more specific terms like the specific location of the carousel .
I would also use the synonyms for carousel like merry-go-round or merrygoround.

 

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Carousel photograph, Red nursery decor, carnival ride picture, Paris France merry-go-round photo, apartment dorm art, children’s kids room

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Cynthia from StraylightVintage said:

The number one tip I would say is to do your best to give excellent customer service.

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Aubrey Campie from Videnda says

 My number one tip is to treat it as you would a regular 9-5 job. Put in the hours, but don’t over do it. Have goals in mind and have a friend, spouse, etc. keep you accountable to that goal. Working for yourself, by yourself, in your own home can be a big challenge, but once you have a work routine and goals set in mind, you will see the results start coming in.
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Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign said:
My biggest tip would be to set time boundaries early. Having an internet business means that you will be accessible to people all over the world, at any given time of the day. For the most part people are patient and understand that life goes on outside of your business. But there are a few people out there that try to monopolize your time.

Be nice, be bold, be brave! And let the fun begin!

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ChristmasInJuly Opal Ring size 7 Stacking Stackable Sterling Silver 925 5mm Australian Doublet Rainbow Handmade Lisajoy Sachs

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Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals said:

My one tip… 
Create a Business Plan – jotting it all down on paper makes it real – stick to the plan and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. As a part of this be sure to create a list of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and with a Timeline). Refer back to these goals and be sure to pat yourself on the back as you achieve them. Remember to set the bar high – you’ll be surprised how high you can jump.

Oh and one more… believe in yourself.

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Large Wall Clock, Bicycle Wheel Clock, Bike Wheel Clock, Bicycle Clock, Bike Wall Clock, Unique Wall Clock, Gifts for Cyclists, Gift for Him

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Diana Voisin from GalleryTwelve said:

My biggest tip is something that was learned after taking a business class.

When creating your items and starting a business, look at the market and see what’s already out there and ask yourself “what can I make that is (somewhat) unique?”

The reason why I recommend you ask this question is because I didn’t and it cost me time and money to figure out what I wanted to sell on Etsy.

When I first started out, I wanted to make wine charms. While I was able to make some cute sets, I really had no plan on how to SELL those wine charms.

They were not unique in any way. I didn’t make the charms myself, everything was bought and assembled, which means that my wine charms, while cute, were not really breaking through an already saturated market.

Then I moved on to jewelry. Again, an already saturated market on Etsy meant that I was going to have to really come up with something spectacular in order to get some sales. And while I did manage to get an item sold here and there, nothing about my jewelry was interesting and creative enough to devote my entire shop to. It is something that took a long time to admit was a failure and that’s okay.

What I realized is that I was chasing my tail, essentially, by making products that were just like everyone else. It wasn’t until I started incorporating graphic design and eventually moving over to mostly digital design and art that I really found success in selling things that were TRULY my own.

It all took a simple question from my business professor that changed everything. When I explained my business plan of selling generic crafts on Etsy, she turned to me, without hesitation and said, “wine charms are a pretty common item that you can find just about everywhere. So why would I buy wine charms from you?”

I didn’t have an answer.

Unless you can answer that question, keep working and you will find your niche. Everyone has the space on Etsy to be creative as you want to be, it’s just a matter of finding that one thing that you excel at above the rest.

While I’m not a great artist, it is nice finding success at selling things that are definitely more my style.

Good luck and don’t worry! It’s rough but it all comes together with time and experience.

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Space Needle Seattle Art Poster Print Iconic Simple Giclee Large Wall Art Print Home Room Décor

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Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said:

My tip is ~ Be flexible!

When I first started I was listing old books without covers and adding lace or ribbon ~ it wasn’t an original idea , but I was selling them and they were so pretty and I took pride in each set. Well, there is so much of that here now, its hard to stand out !

Then I had a request for the books to have COLOR ~ I was flexible and have developed my own way of painting and distressing them instead ~ Sure, those are being duplicated by others now too .

BUT, it just means I need to once again , be flexible and change things up !

Always be willing to evolve and push past the comfort zone of what you know and HAVE FUN!

fantasy

Fantasy Wedding, Baby Shower, Repurpose Book, Pastel Wedding, Fairy Tale Wedding, Bookshelf Decor, Centerpiece, Pastel Party, Tea Party

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Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry said:

I have learned that a good work, life, and creativity balance is important. Keeping things in perspective keeps you from getting frustrated, LOL!

Promoting , etc. can take up a lot of time and if you allow it to, take away from what you enjoy doing if you make handmade items!

Taking good, clear photos so customers can really get a look at your items and what they might buy is important!

I see a lot of fuzzy, far away, small, and fake looking photos on Etsy. I will still buy something that I like but others might not.

I think it’s OK to have some color and something pretty in the background to offset the item and make your shop interesting to shop in for customers is good too.

If, for instance, I walk into a store and it’s all white and boring I would probably not want to stay as long and look around!

Some items need white backgrounds but it’s OK to be creative and have fun with photos!

I recently ordered some natural shampoos, lotions, etc. from a teamie and really enjoyed her shop as she has her products in settings that remind you of a lovely spa rather than just plain bottles against a white background!

Being friendly and having great customer service is really key too! Thanking customers and letting them know shipping details, etc. and that you acknowledge that they have ordered from you.

And, tags and titles are important for you to be found. First 4 tags should reflect what is in title.

The first phrase is important and should be simply what the item is such as a red ball, not cute or vintage, or on sale red ball. Then after you can say something like red ball with fringe or Smith’s vintage fringed red ball, etc.

People tend to search for simply what an item is.

Make your shop more interesting by filling it all out such as photos, icons, policies, about, and a bit about yourself and what you do!

Hope some of this helps!

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Tan Carved Bone Butterfly Bracelet Aqua Terra Jasper Yellow Citrine and Pearl Hand Made Beaded Gemstone Bohemian Style Jewelry Gift For Her

Kelly from ColourcapeStudios says:

The one tip I would give is to be proud of what you’re making and stand behind it! If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, then nobody else will. Last year I took a leap of faith and starting creating gift tags and mini greeting cards after 3 years of working on typography prints and photography, and now they are my best-selling section.

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Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart states:

My tip is follow your heart if you love what your creating others will also.

I love doing custom designs and my shop is like no other on Etsy. My door decor is unique and one of kind designs.

Each one will be your alone even if I paint a 100 of the same design it will be a bit different from the one before it.

Easter Cross door hanger

Easter Cross door hanger

Thanks so much to all who contributed!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

 

Opportunity – #EtsyCIJ

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

When was the last time you took advantage of an opportunity?

Merriam-Webster defines opportunity as: an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done.

On July 1st, 2016 I offered an opportunity to all Etsy Christmas In July team members.

The opportunity was to be featured here on our blog and on a special Christmas In July Pinterest board – Etsy Christmas In July 2016.

I challenged the the team members to share themselves with us through an item from their shop.

I am a firm believer that taking advantage of an opportunity leads to another opportunity, that leads to another opportunity and so on.

Here are the Etsy Christmas In July team members who took advantage of this opportunity!

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Cozy up next to the chimney with us and enjoy a glass of your favorite Christmas spirits with friends, family, and in style! If you are looking for the best combination of quality in both the product you are purchasing and the personalization you are including, look no further. If you are planning a personal gift giving experience or just shopping for yourself, use the Etsy Christmas in July team coupon code offer in our shop for the best offer available all year! We love Christmas and thank you for planning ahead!

At Design’s the Limit, we offer two distinct types of engraving on our glass and crystal products. Our crystal wine & distiller decanters are 100% lead-free crystal and we deep sand-carve them for the best personalization available. This is the most time consuming product to complete in our shop and is not available for Christmas delivery in December without additional fees. We believe that gift cards do not tell a story and that they make gift giving impersonal. Don’t tell your gift recipient that you were obligated to get them a gift. Show your gift recipient’s that they are worth taking the time to design a personalized gift giving experience for. Shop for a keepsake that will be treasured and which can be passed down for generations to come. Please drink responsibly and Merry Christmas in July from Design’s the Limit!

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says:

Hi, I am Pam from PamsPawsJewelry

I have been on Etsy as a seller since Feb. 2014. I opened my shop with my handmade gemstone and Sterling Silver jewelry but started to love and look for beautiful Vintage items too!

Everyone knows me as a friendly, crazy, cat mom!

My cats, Moses and Mirri model some of my items and have also modeled for a couple of other teamies’ shops, LOL!

I love animals and nature and recently started donating to causes that help animals.

One was the Shadow Fund in MA which assists people with money for pet emergency health issues who cannot pay up front. www.shadowfundne.org

Two others through Petco are a Cancer research fund and a drive to assist local animal shelters.

I would like to donate to more local shelters and some people related causes too when I get more sales!

Here is a Christmas item that reflects the beauty of nature, animals with the reindeer, Christmas theme and colors, and a Nordic design too!

PamsPawsJewelry

PamsPawsJewelry

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

Hello, my name is Shelly and I opened my vintage shop in 2014. I love vintage and antiques.

My absolute favorite piece in my shop is a set of Fostoria Electric Blue Plates. I found these when I picked a man’s storage units. He was downsizing, or trying to, and I got called to pick his units first.

Stuff in there had been there for decades, untouched, and placed haphazardly in boxes or totes. The color drew me instantly to them and I added to my boxes of great finds.

Later when I researched I found they were made by Fostoria in the late 1920’s. Who knows how long he had them. He told me he enjoyed spending his days at yard sales and would pack his finds away.

These appear to have been rarely, if ever, used and still have 8 plates.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

Reading the novel “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey inspired me to this painting with the same title. It’s about a childless couple who is homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness. One day they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but a real young girl enters their life. This girl often has a little red fox by her side. It is a beautiful though heart breaking story that occupied my imagination and I felt the urge to paint it.

I chose a wood panel for this painting and used a molding paste for the foundation. I wanted a lot of texture in creating kind of a “rough” painting. This is not a smooth surface – you can not only see this painting, but feel it as well. It represents the harsh Alaskan environment and the dark color in the background is a symbol for the long, dark Northern winter.

This was the first time that a novel or written story inspired me to visualize it in my own way.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Carla from CarlasCraft says:

This past year had been a bit of a challenge for me, as it has for many of us. I see, for example, the last time I wrote on my blog (clisette.wordpress.com) was 2015 just after my brother passed away from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. Since then, I’ve focused on taking care of myself, because, really, who else is going to do that for me, better than I will? I had a knee replacement and have been doing water aerobics and swimming laps several times a week. What a joy it is to be back in the water (must be the Aquarian in me?)!

Along with improved health, I’ve lit a fire under my creative side and have been happily creating new mixed media projects, many of which you can see in my Etsy online shop and one I am sharing here with you now.

I created this textured canvas using extra coarse pumice gel to cover the wood panel surface. I recycled packaging material cutting it into seed shapes. Once the surface dried, I outlined the kiwi and then adhered the seed shapes using modeling paste. Shades of lime green acrylic paint made the inside of the one kiwi which has been cut in half. Then brown acrylic paint over the coarse pumice created the fuzzy skin of the kiwi fruit and mixing some of the brown with black I painted the outline and the seeds.

The background is a series of colorful complimentary rectangles painted in shades of light yellow, navy blue, lavender, pink, an orangey red, a rusty red, grey and white. Once the piece was finished I felt the background was too bright and distracted from the focus of the mixed media art, which is the kiwi fruit. I tested several shades of paint to tone down the brighter colors in the background until I settled on an Interference Blue, which created a lighter iridescence over the background.

I added a frame and now it is the first of three fruit mixed media pieces available in Carla’s Craft The other two are titled: 3 Little Figs and Ruby Red Grapefruit.

CarlasCraft

CarlasCraft

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Hi! I’m Sharon from Ms P Designs USA. My sister, Susan, and I have had our Etsy shop since August, 2015, and we design whimsical quilt patterns.

Our most recent endeavor is a line of animal applique patterns in which the animals are all dressed up for Christmas. We chose animals that aren’t normally associated with the holidays, and then had some fun making them “Christmas-y”.

My favorite design in the collection is the happy holiday horse. She’s dressed in her special saddle blanket, and waits beneath the mistletoe for her first Christmas kiss. The Christmas tree is bedecked with sparkly rhinestones.

I created a banner to feature the horse applique and also used several of my favorite piecing techniques to make pinwheels that remind me of Christmas goodies and a row of pieced trees. Since the horse looks so joyful, I added the word “JOY” to the banner.

I love it, and hope that this Christmas banner pattern will bring “JOY” to others as well.

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

Hi my name is Jackie my shop started out as wood door hanger shop.

I have added jewelry, Jewelry display shelves, chalkboard, sewn items and more.

I love to design my door decor I specializes in custom designs. All I need to know is what you have in mind or what team mascot you would like done.

My passion is painting pastel portraits I love working in pastels.

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year.

Here is one of my favorite Snowman door hangers.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

My mom and I both contribute to my Etsy shop – Nautico Creations. I do all of the floral arrangements and other gifts including holiday ornaments and other items during the holidays, and my mom focuses on quilts and quilted gifts.

I chose to feature this fish wall hanging because it is the most complex piece that was created for the shop. It includes 30 different fabrics all pieced together to make this beautiful work of art.

Since we live in Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, fishing is also a very popular past time – in winter and in summer. For a lot of us, summer is a much better time to highlight it though, when we can spend some quality time by the lake.

NauticoCreations

NauticoCreations

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

This is the very first drawing that I completed in 2016. It is the very first drawing that I completed after I opened my Etsy shop.

The design is a five pointed star. This signifies the body – two arms, two legs and the head. It also signified the hands in particular – because we have five fingers.

Because it references the body it stands for the boundless possibilities of strength that we hold within us. Because it references the hands, it stands for our creativity and ability to make things that have never existed before.

I penciled in the basic design at the end of 2015. When I returned to complete it, about one week after David Bowie died, it just felt right that it should be dedicated to him. His final album is called Black Star and featured a similar five pointed star on the cover.

I held the legacy of Bowie and his creative exploration, adventure and risk taking in my mind while I chose and laid down the pigment colours for my own Black Star.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I chose to feature our Paris Love Locks photograph. These Cadenas Amoureux, or love padlocks have sprung up all over the world, but this photograph was taken from a bridge across the Seine River in Paris. Lovers have been binding their love with a padlock on a bridge and then throwing the key to their hearts into Seine below. Unfortunately, the bridges could not hold the weight of all that love and the padlocks had to be removed. But love lingers on in this golden photograph!

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I opened our Etsy Shop last September with some of my mother’s Renwal dollhouse furniture and a few other items.

We were thrilled when we made our first sale a couple weeks later!

It’s nice that we both share the appreciation of vintage items and we enjoy looking for treasures to fill Willow Valley Vintage.

This little dollhouse bed belonged to my mother and we thought it would look sweet on a dressing table repurposed as a jewelry box!

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Laetitia Hebert from Folkeshi says:

This is a Japanese wooden doll, called Kokeshi (I focused on kokeshi dolls with my vintage shop). These dolls have been handcrafted in Japan for the last 150 years, first as toys for girls, then as local hotspring village souvenirs, then as home decorations or collectibles.

This specific darling is a Sakunami doll, by Suzuki Shoji. Traditional kokeshi dolls are divised in 11 types, and Sakunami is one of them. This type enhances the elegance and shy beauty of northern Japanese girls.

Each kokeshi maker learns his trade along his master, often his father; painfully and slowly learning the lathe secrets, the brushes skills. The apprentice inherits the distinctive patterns or characteristics set by his master, and his own master before that, which means that each doll has a story build through generations.

When moving to Japan, I have fallen in love with these dolls. I like their cuteness, their uniqueness, and the idea of a craft built, taught, and learnt though generations. The wood ages very gracefully, the dyes fade with the years, and make the dolls all the more beautiful!

I go through local markets, antique fair, flea events to find them, select and identify them, and make them available to everyone.

Folkeshi

Folkeshi

Emily D from TwigandPosy says:

Hi there, I’m Em the daughter-half from Twig and Posy. My mother Deb is the other half. Welcome to our shop where vintage design meets Aussie Bush!

Our timeless and unique floral clothes and accessories for girls aged 0-6 years are made to celebrate the wonder of childhood. Sprinkle in a bit of mud and mix in equal parts outdoor adventure, play and party, there is so much to explore and it might as well be done wearing a flower crown!

We love clothing that is girly but does not restrict play, so the designs are simple and practical and can be mixed and matched. We focus on the small details that girls love, whether it be a lace cuff, a heart button, an embroidery panel, or hidden butterfly.

This size 5 (or 5T) dress is one of my favourites as it is an all seasons linen dress which can worn as is in summer or layered with a long top and tights in the winter (for those girls that never take off their dresses no matter how cold!). The dress has been made from a beautiful piece of floral vintage fabric and Deb has made some striking embroidered pockets to match, particularly good for leaf and stone collecting, or storing bits of birthday cake!

TwigandPosy

TwigandPosy

Janine from AlteredEcoDesigns says:

I started making these first as a party favor for my grand-daughter’s 2nd birthday party, it was a woodland theme, so I thought these would make a nice addition. They were such a big hit that I decided to make a few to sell in my shop, not long after introducing them, they were a chosen feature on Emmaline Bride blog. They are still a big hit for brides maids, flower girls or just for home decor, they look fantastic in galvanized vessels!

AlteredEcoDesigns

AlteredEcoDesigns

Take advantage of an opportunity today!

Vintage pickins – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Vintage sellers have a love of all things old and timeless.

The memories these items invoke are amazing.

Here at Christmas in July we want to know “How do you decide what to pick?” Are there certain items you love, that are more in demand. Why do you pick what you do?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says while I make ceramic tableware and jewellery, I also create upcycled jewellery, which I sometimes combine with original ceramic components.

The materials I choose are wide and varied, but I love vintage buttons, and have been collecting them for many years from many sources. Some I don’t re-purpose into jewellery because I want to keep them!!

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Upcycled Gray and Blue Button Ring

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts said I too love upcycling my vintage finds. I pick things up from charity shops and fairs – buckles are one of my favourite things right now.

I’ve made a few ‘fairy windows’ with them. They have gorgeous colours and designs that inspire what I felt in them. This pearlescent one had a fantasy/scifi feel about it.

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Alien UFO Fantasy Window- Miniature Painting-Needle felted brooch

Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllsion  states I almost always post vintage goodies that I would want to keep for myself (and often do…krikey!). I like to find things that I can re-purpose…give new life to…and could spend hours just browsing antique stores and garage sales for items that remind me of warm memories and simpler times. I recently found a cardboard puzzle from the 1950’s and fell IN DEEP LOVE with the graphics…knew I had to find a way to give it new life.

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Washington state puzzle piece magnet

msmadmax from madmaxshop says fashion constantly refers to the past for inspiration. Especially today when the current forecast can be seen borrowing from a previous successful trend in fashion featured two decades ago, i.e. sequins and sparkle, romantic ruffled blouses, done up denim

Wearable fashion trends for 2016 have been inspired by the trendsetting fashions of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I like to post vintage items that can easily blend in with current fashion but still evoke a trendy look and feel of yesterday…

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80s Vintage Blouse

Dana Hamant from LilybeanzBowtique said I adore the vintage look. I love to use fabrics and designs that invoke this. Recently a friend requested a planner band to adorn a notebook she had. She wanted something “vintage-looking.” I found these vintage-style wooden buttons and knew they would be perfect. After I had created her one-of-a-kind piece, my creative juices kept flowing.

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Custom Fabric Tutus and headband set

Sue from MissIvyVintage discussed I have always loved vintage linens of all sorts…Embroidered, crocheted, tatted, and prints. I find a great deal of pleasure when I find a linen that at one time brought joy to a child. I find these linens especially charming and when I list, I hope the item will bring joy to another child. I have only this one.

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Vintage handmade Childs Santa Claus Pillowcase

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage states I have loved vintage items since I was a child. Their history calls to me and I think of all the hands it has passed through and how it was cherished before. Now I feel like I save them for others to enjoy.

I like looking for unusual items and miniatures, something that will catch the eye.

I personally collect vintage linens as I love the old smell, softness, and look. I have a huge vintage pillowcase collection and love using them on all my pillows.

I love this little guy – such a funny face.

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

Cow Bottle Opener and Corkscrew

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says My daughter and I are fans of Marie Kondo, so we are always looking for items that “Spark Joy!”

We love the graphics and idea behind this Balloon Pump.

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Gag gift Party Decor Vintage Inflato Balloon Pump

Kira from TrellisLaneVintage said my love of vintage is rooted by my mother, many years of looking for and living with antiques. I love the 50’s through 70’s and fill my shop with items that catch my eye. I try to focus on items that are functional and fun!

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Vintage chip and dip set,Indiana glass set

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart discusses that my love for drawing began at a very young age. I have been enjoying creating custom design door decor for a few years now.
I also love working with pastels painting portraits, making jewelry, chalkboards and much more.

Old World Santa Door Art

Old World Santa Door Art

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns discussed that It’s in my nature to choose items that are unusual, unique, one-of-a-kind, edgy. I love to bring eclectic offerings to the table. These boots are for a confident woman. A woman who isn’t afraid or apprehensive to wear something that stands out. They’re an outstanding pair of boots.

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots-Ladies 7B

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says buttons are always popular with sewers and crafters. Vintage buttons hold a special attraction with their beauty, originality and craftsmanship from a bygone era.

I have gathered buttons for my stash for as long as I can remember. As children our Sunday afternoons were often spent playing with my mother’s button collection. She stored it in a large tartan painted biscuit tin. My stash is now much larger than that one and it is time for me to share the love-and my buttons!

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

4 Large Gold Black Tone Metal Shank Vintage Buttons

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s said my wife and I recently downsized and as the old saying goes you can’t take it with you, we’re selling off our childhood memories. Sharing the love of 1970s toys and collectibles. We didn’t realize how many people also loved some of the items we have sold over the year, the notes they send tell us we’re not alone in cherishing memories and it is rather humbling knowing we’re spreading smiles across the USA with our items.

Just listed maybe it may bring back a smile to you of childhood.

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

1974 Vintage Growing Up Skipper Doll

Alicia Holman from MemaAntiques discussed that we love vintage items. We love the history regarding each item we obtained. This item for instance came from a home in Orangeburg SC. This was a wedding gift given to the family in the 1940’s. The female in the home kept it in her china cabinet and never used it. She wanted it to always be in perfect condition.

Her son told us how she would fuss at the children and the grandchildren if they came near this dish. Reminds me so much of my grand parents and their favorite items.

It is so much fun. All items in our shop has a story behind it or we can tell you were it came from.

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Fenton Green Grapes and Leaves Carnival Glass Candy Dish

Cher Loose from LooseChipsWoodWork says when an item reflects a memory in my heart I pick it up and cherish it… we have a rule in gift giving and buying… it is if we like it ourselves then someone else will too! (and if they do not, they will return it to us and that is okay too!) example: My husband remembers the Western Electric Company in Reading PA, before it was bought out by AT&T and he even worked there for a few years, actually using a slide rule. So this is why I sell this, in hopes someone else will find someone who likes to collect slide rules or maybe put it in their pocket and show another generation how to use one for fun…. on Christmas Morning in December or in July!

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions

Vintage Collectible Slide Ruler and Instructions