Pinterest Gift Guides: Giftable DIY, Luxe Materials And Mid-Century Modern Looks

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

The 2015 Etsy Holiday Merchandising Guide was released on October 6th, 2015.

The Christmas In July team turned the Holiday Merchandising Guide Into Pinterest Gift Guides.

Let’s enjoy the trends : Giftable DIY, Luxe Materials and Mid-Century Modern Looks.

Giftable DIY

MaryAnne from KeepsakesStudio says:

I think this is a wonderful DIY project pattern. While the pattern envelope shows it produced in blue, I would love to see it in a 60’s combo, like turquoise and pink. Even black and white! Please see listing for more detailed pictures.



Jul’s Craft Crazy from JulsCraftCrazy says:

I have a number of needle craft kids in my supplies and destash section.

They would be wonderful to make for Christmas, or to receive as a gift!



Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

DIY kits are a wonderful way to share some creative fun. The paper Gingerbread house kit comes with a variety of pieces that can used to create your own gingerbread house design.



Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

I decided to put together this craft paper pack for those who love to do scrapbooking, journalling, card making anything to do with paper craft over the Christmas holidays or new year. It has different bits and pieces to let your imagination go!



Luxe Materials

Susana from CherishCeramics says:

My Russian flower porcelain brooch is a very special accessory.
I created a collection of Russian inspired brooches a while ago, inspired by the Russian folk designs.

I read as a child a lot of illustrated stories with mysterious Russian princesses, that were extravagant and beautiful, dressed in luxurious outfits, and this brooch is a result of these memories.



Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

This rough crystal and soft leather necklace fits right into the luxe materials theme. Vintage brass chain ties it all together. I love using the raw crystals in jewelry. It makes you stand out from the crowd and feel special! Amethyst and citrine are two of my favorites and they blend so well together.



Sandy from TesoroDelSol says:

If I had to choose one of my more LUXE pieces it would be this Raw Amethyst necklace. The rough edges of the stone paired with the 24K gold electroplated edges create the perfect balance. The pendant suspends from a shimmering gold pyrite beaded chain evoking a sensuous and flirty statement piece.



Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Well, apparently one of the Luxe finishes is ceramic, so that is right up my alley! Obviously I have lots of ceramic wares in my shop, but this one I thought would fit the Luxe theme with its timeless texture and luxe-urious glaze!



Mid-Century Modern Looks

Carmen Beecher from CarmensArt says:

 I am very excited about my latest seascape, “Fall Sunrise.” I live on the Space Coast of Florida, and every year around this time the surf starts kicking up. Combine that with the beautiful sunrise and you have a lovely subject to paint. It’s amazing how in just a few steps I can leave the ordinary world of traffic and noise and enter the soothing atmosphere of the beach.



Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

I love vintage jewelry and get my inspiration for my recycled creations from the vintage treasures I find. Pins are one of my favorites and were a popular accessory for coat lapels years ago!



Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

We love Mid Century Kitchen & Home Decor. Many of our Tablecloths, Kitchen Towels and Dishes feature that trendy, hippy, 50’s/60’s fun vibe. Here is an Apron that we love for its kitchy graphics!



Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says:

I wrote a blog post recently about a designer at Copco, Michael Lax, who developed some of the most iconic mid-century modern pieces.

Most of the pictures link back to other shop listings on Etsy.




Happy Thanksgiving

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Thanksgiving is an American holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November… read on to learn more about this holiday and check out team shops who have items to help celebrate this day.
Like many holidays, Thanksgiving means different things to different people.

It usually centers on being grateful for the many wonderful things in our lives, sort of like a family harvest celebration, enjoying the bounty from the growing season. Along with the thank you’s , the holiday revolves around Food, Family, football and US history (the Pilgrim kind).

It is one of the most travelled holidays of the year in the US, when college students, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and grandparents come together for a large dinner featuring turkey and pie.

That’s why I have included this Home Sweet Home printable:


Sandra crochet from Ankleknits says

Thanksgiving day for our family has been more like coming together day. All our family would come together ( we are about 20 people) on that day, everyone brings some food like: mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, salad, drinks, fruits. We pray before food and say our thank you for all we have. Then we would eat, talk, have fun. It’s usually very noisy. Kids running around the house, dogs are having fun also. It’s just one big fun day.


It is tradition in our family to have a centerpiece, such as this turkey planter, that we all spend a few moments of reflection and write what we are thankful for on a piece of paper and put it in the planter.

When it is time to sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner, our family says grace and then we each take one of the pieces of paper and read what each of our family members are thankful for.

We’ve had different centerpieces over the years and different people at the dinner table. It is a wonderful way to involve all those who join us at Thanksgiving and a way to give thanks!


Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says

Thanksgiving has great historic value but for me it has become a time to gather with family members and remember how blessed we are and to be thankful for everything.

We have a blended family: my husband has two boys and I have two boys. When they were young he and I met and married and blended the two families together. There were many challenges over the years, and to say that the boys were a handful growing up would be an understatement.

Now when we gather at this time we see these young men as they start their own families, reminisce over the times when they were younger, laugh and enjoy special foods and dishes that we only have once or twice a year. It is a blessing that we had the courage and strength to blend the group into a family and I am so proud of the men they have become!


I have a small family and Thanksgiving for me means having them for a Turkey dinner, of course. Sides of a corn casserole, home-made cranberry sauce from fresh Jersey cranberries, mashed potatoes because my daughter loves them and a few more sides. Dessert is usually my home-made pumpkin pie. Enough food for an army even though I usually only have 6 at the most. It also means getting out my good china which I got in 1972 and still love it. You need a big platter for the turkey, like this vintage one from my shop.


I am from Australia too and am interested in what others have to say about Thanksgiving! I made these place cards / name cards with the idea of families sitting around the dinning table enjoying a yummy meal together as they talk about what they are thankful for.


Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, celebrate each other and all the blessings that God has given us. There is so much to be grateful for in our lives. It is so easy to get busy and not be able to see family members and it is so nice when we are able to get all the family together. We have turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, cranberries, relishes, rolls, jello salad with whip cream, yams and for dessert usually pumpkin pie and pecan pie. The table is set with the best china and my father will say a prayer of thanksgiving before we eat and then in the evening we usually play board games and card games.


Melissa R from missy69 says

Thanksgiving, here in the USA, started because the Pilgrims were truly thankful that they had survived the long hard winter, even though many of them had died. They were thankful for the assistance of the local Native Americans for teaching them how to grow food, and what food was safe to eat. They were just plain thankful. That is how it started, and it became a tradition.

I for one believe we should be thankful every day, not just one day, but it is still fun to get together with family, and friends. Eat a huge meal until you can’t move, then lie on the couch and watch football. Thanksgiving is my husband’s favorite holiday, go figure food and football, lol. It is also the day that my Christmas prep begins. Our tree goes up, and it is decorated, all on Thanksgiving evening. This is a tradition from my childhood, and one I carry on to this day. I am new to wood burning, and I love how the piece below came out. I got this pineapple wood candy dish at the thrift store. I hand draw all my designs onto my wood pieces, and then I burn the picture on. Since I love to paint, this is just a new form of art for me. I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!


On Thanksgiving day, we are thankful so we handcrafted this plaque that tells our story. The plaque also is a positive statement that we believe is a good thing.


Thanksgiving is one of the most interesting holidays of the year. Growing up in the U.S.A. you love Easter candy and Halloween candy and if you are lucky you can make the candy stretch from one holiday to the other. Christmas and birthdays are for presents, but children do not understand or have a deep appreciation of Thanksgiving until they get older. A couple of years living on campus or in your first apartment and suddenly Thanksgiving has shot up to the top of your list of favorite holidays of the year! Forgetting the history, in modern society the shared cultural experience of Thanksgiving is a profound appreciation to our creator and a genuine thankfulness for the life which we are granted. It is the most humble, most simple, most inclusive, and most endearing holiday our the American way! Invite a stranger, a soldier, or anyone who can’t make it home for the holidays to dine with you!



This year I am celebrating with my best friend’s (mainly) Italian family. That means there is not even a mediocre cook in the bunch. However, it falls to me to carve the turkey! They assume because my father was a professional chef I should know these things, and since I only do this once a year, I have to review technique for the next few days so I won’t embarrass myself!

As my shop primarily focuses on sewing patterns, I don’t have much to offer, but I do include here one of my favorites: an overlooked pattern with lots of potential. I think the table runner, fabric leaf bowl, and fabric leaf garland have a ton of decorating potential for the table at Thanksgiving. I can see the garland wending it way down a table covered with the runner, and the bowl full of nuts ready to be shelled. I also see this pattern made up in Christmas fabrics as well, especially a garland made of metallic fabric: gold, copper, silver and bronze.

Can you tell I love decorating for the holidays?