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

 

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

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

Welcome January New Team Members

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming our new members for January to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
I recently joined the team so I take this opportunity to introduce myself!

After spending 3 weeks in the Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand) during October/November 2016, I learnt that many European and American Christmas traditions revolve around “our” winter season such as hot drinks, roasts and other cold-weather fare. These drinks/food are not so tempting to drink/eat during a hot Summer Day such as New Zealand during December.

I now fully understand the meaning of “Christmas in July” so that also people living southern hemisphere can enjoy Christmas, during their winter time.

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Vintage Swedish Christmas wall hanging

My name is Larisa.
Creating jewelry is my passion, my life.. that I give myself completely and with great love.
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red berry sandalwood bracelets

Mi H from MCART30 says

Hi, my name is Mi. I joined a week ago. I’m very excited that I finally can do what I love to do. I self-taught beading about four years ago and can never stop!

I respect art and creativity

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3d beaded elephant

Hello all, I am Julie and owner and designer of EveryoneLovesGifts. I love making all kinds of jewellery but my passion is for awareness jewellery such as Fibromyalgia (which is an illness that I have). I think it is important to raise awareness also 10% of my Fibromyalgia Jewellery goes to Fibromyalgia Research via my JustGiving page. This piece is an Invisible Awareness Necklace as Fibromyalgia is called  ‘invisible’ to others.
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Invisible illness charm necklace

Welcome everyone.

Hobby Month

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

January is Hobby Month, which is a great time to teach a class, get together with others to craft or even learn a new one!

Here at CIJ we want to know about your hobby. What about it satisfies you? When did you first start doing it? Anything else you want to tell us about it?

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says well, way back years ago, pottery was my hobby… I got into it as “time out” from young kids (who are now adults) and over time it has – gratefully – developed into a profession.
As a professional, not only do I make and sell on Etsy, I also exhibit and teach classes and workshops in my studio – so I am very fortunate!!
And it is fantastic to think that I make home decor items that people can use and engage with everyday – it is a great feeling.

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Ceramic oval speckled blue bowl

Mi H from MCART30 discusses that I would say I love working with paper and beads. I’ve always been making greeting card for friends on their birthday. I started beading couple years ago and can never stop!
I’m very excited to start my shop this year and work on things I love to do. No more 9-5 office job, yay!

Easter gift tags

Easter gift tags

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said as a creator I love to make jewellery and over time this ‘hobby’ has developed into selling my jewellery and, now, also selling jewellery and craft supplies. A lot of the supplies I sell are manufactured, but some I also make myself such as these organic polymer marbled beads.

 

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Handmade Marbled Polymer Clay Beads

Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird says my hobby (and current profession) is supporting my talented jewelry designer daughter. In the process, I’ve followed in her footsteps and now I’m in love with gemstones and jewelry-making too. She’s still the one with all the talent, though. Here’s one of her creations featured in our shop.

Turquoise bead necklace

Turquoise bead necklace

Diana from joliefemmebydiana states that I love embroidery! I started teaching myself from kits at age 10 and now I draw my own designs and add them to my products when I can. I have also taught beginning embroidery at my local quilt shop to both adults and kids and it’s so fun to share! Embroidery is soothing and engrossing and a great hobby for me!

Mini hand embroidered tote

Mini hand embroidered tote

Alicia from AliciasFindings said that I have quite a few hobbies and most of them are craft related. My jewelry started out as a hobby, with me getting together with friends to create. I sell online and at craft shows. I also love to read, loom knit, color and so much more.

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Cayenne red dichroic glass pendant necklace

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam discusses that her hobby is reading. She especially loves the movie Titanic
since it makes you feel very emotional. What a tragedy, such a beautiful ship and people-such a sad history.

Titanic hardcover book

Titanic hardcover book

Personalization

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This blog is going to be all about personalized items. Those little touches that make something special.  Of course we would love to know:

A) Why did you start offering personalized items? / What was your inspiration?
B) How do you do it? (pyrography, painting, calligraphy, etc.)
C) What types of items do you sell with the personalized option? / What’s your best seller?

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says I was making pre-made racks for weddings, but then someone asked if I could made a new baby gift. That customer has become one of my best customers and a good friend, and will often make new suggestions.
I use letter tiles for the names, with small wooden decorations in various shapes that are hand coloured. These decorations are stars, hearts and flowers as well as train shapes.
I also do flat plaques for people who want them as door plaques, rather than these as a shelf decoration
The train design is the most popular – I’ve done these for new babies and other children, but also as Father’s day gift for a Grandad!

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Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGifts0 said personalised items are personal to each individual who purchases the item, the item has meaning to the person who the item is for and there is great thought that goes into a personalised item. You cannot pick it off a shelf. The item I have featured is a personalised pearl bracelet. The buyer can choose any name they like to go on the bracelet. I have used pearls as well as rhinestones and a Handmade With Love charm. Featured item is my best seller, great for weddings, birthdays or other great occasions. A timeless classic.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states many of my prints and printables can be personalized. I offered customization because it’s an extra step that I knew I could take that would lead to a larger customer base, and it’s a fun part of the craft. I enjoy the interaction I get with all sorts of customer, and we have frequent discussions back and forth to make sure custom work is just right before sending it off.

What I offer: In my print and printable shop I offer custom graphic design and photo signs and occasionally cards. From new parents and new brides to proud parents of high school grads and new businesses needing an ‘open’ sign. I can add names, messages and images to art I already have listened in the shop, or something more specific. The only thing I can’t do is add anything that I haven’t made myself and I don’t have a license for. So sometimes I’m limited by what fonts I have and I try and show the client a similar font. Or I propose a more generic alternative to a name brand theme (like a princess crown instead of a picture of a name brand princess).

I have a number of ways to let the shopper know I customize:
I use keywords in titles and tags (customize, personalize, customization. . . . .); I check of the ‘request a custom order’ button; some listings announce it in the listing photo; I have 2 ‘request customization’ listings, one for prints and one for printables. Those come in handy. Often, a customer sees something they like and contact me about customization. We discuss their ideas and what I can do. I send them a quick sample of what it might look like so they can visualize what I might do. I then direct them to the ‘customize it’ listing so they can purchase that and I’ll get to work on their product. I do this to ensure that the customer is as invested in the product as I am before I spend a lot of time working on a custom product just to find out that they have moved on to someone else. Purchasing this listing also clarifies that my time and skills are important (many long conversations in ‘messages’ about how to make it just right and find out what they client really means), and that’s how I make my living, and the extra time I put into discussions, designing, editing and re-editing is part of it so the price of a custom listing is higher.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns discusses that most of the creations in my shop are ceramic (which are also able to be personalised), but I also love recycling materials, so some of my jewellery is made from reclaimed items – such as paper.

I have had a range of paper jewellery in my shop for a while and recently introduced personalised – name – necklaces. They are available in two sizes, just let me know your name!
Stay tuned for bracelets and also inspirational beads in the future.

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