Ultra Violet – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Ultra Violet.

PANTONE 18-3838
Ultra Violet
Inventive and imaginative Ultra Violet lights the way for what is yet to come.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team has been inspired by the color Ultra Violet! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

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1. Ultra Violet Drop Earrings by Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals

2. Ultra Violet Cushion Cover by Emma Kaufmann from StudioEmmaKaufmann

3. Ultra Violet Pendant by Mairi from mairidesign 

4. Ultra Violet Socks by Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks

5. Ultra Violet Ring by friedasophie from friedasophie 

6. Ultra Violet Beaded Photo Holder by Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey 

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1. Ultra Violet Stuffed Snowman by Mary Bollinger from ByFreddismom

2. Ultra Violet Brooch by Mairi from mairidesign 

3. Ultra Violet Bead Ornament by Marjorie Scenna from mscenna

4. Ultra Violet Appliqued Quilt Block by zizzybob from zizzybob

5. Ultra Violet Dangle Earrings by Kristen from KestrelCollection  

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Ultra Violet board!

Are you a member of the Etsy Christmas In July team? Do you have Ultra Violet items that you would like to have pinned on Pinterest? See the #EtsyCIJ forums to participate!

Measuring Up

Blog Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We think of being good enough or things meeting ones expectations when we think of measuring up to someone or something. For our purposes we want all of our items to measure up to 10 inches tall.

What items do you have in your shop that measure up to 10 inches tall?

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says two of my passions are vintage items and green glass. With that said, these vintage green glass pasta canisters hit both my passions in one swoop…I had two sets of these canisters and am down to one. therefore, I believe someone else out there has my same two passions. Does anyone else love vintage green glass?

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Vintage green glass canister

Becky from CottonPickingFolkArt said these are the epitome of summer. When we spend more time outside, it ‘s nice to come have some light, season inspired decor on the inside.I enjoy creating my own patterns, and bringing them to life. I love to eat local strawberries, and with their limited season,these serve as a reminder of summer goodness!

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Strawberry bowl fillers

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz states the red poppies always remind me of my native country Germany. In early summer they seemed to pop up everywhere. There were entire meadows filled with red poppies and blue bachelor buttons. Sometimes it looked like a field of red, green and blue stretching out to the horizon. I loved it so much and I miss this sight!

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Red poppies mixed media painting

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says I have always enjoyed knitting. I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. 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. My socks are knitted with love from the heart and positive thoughts. My goal is to make you smile and bring you Joy.

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Knitted men socks

Mairi from mairidesign said you can make sure you meet all expectations by checking yourself in this classic beauty, with a stylized rose in your choice of colours – purple or pink are clear favourites. Measuring 26.3 x 20.3 cm (10+3/8″ x 8+1/4″), my Glasgow Rose, Mackintosh style mirror is based on the work of the artist, designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who has inspired many artists from Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.

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Art Nouveau Mirror 10×8″ Purple Glasgow Mac Rose wall mirror

Sandra from SDDigitalDesign states this 8” x 10” digital print was inspired by all the fond memories I have climbing trees as a child. To me a tree symbolizes balance, strength and growth. I felt as tall and as beautiful as the tree itself. Although I’m not climbing trees these days I will continue to cherish those times when I did. I hope the tree in my design inspires you as it did for me.

Digital download inspirational quote

Items Of The Week: Steam Punk

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

1.  Gothic Skull Salvaged Wood Art  by Richard and Richard from A Third Life

2. Steampunk Submarine Applique Quilt Pattern by Susan – Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA

Items Of The Week: Floral

Contributor post by Cindy of Cynhumphrey

It’s All In Black And White

Contributor Post by Mairi from mairidesign

It’s All In Black and White – so perfectly opposite. As a monochrome form of visual arts, B&W images can be starkly contrasted black and white or combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of grey called greyscale. The CIJ Team are delighted to share their B&W and Greyscale works of art, home decor and accessories.

Graphite pencil drawings. I usually present here my portraits of animals, but today I have something very special. Original illustrations that were presented in my exhibition of fairy tale illustrations. Drawings are framed in a beautiful wooden frame and passepartout. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the purchased drawing.

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Spring Weed Fancy Botanical Illustration

Amanda Jayne Andrews from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says:

I was originally commissioned to create this tea cosy as a thank you gift as they had a beautiful black and white kitchen, I added the pom poms as an extra special detail.

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Stripey Knitted Tea-Cosy

Here is one of my many Classic Black and White gift tag sets. The Butterfly set is one of my favorites.

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Black and White Gift Tag Sets

I think these black and white hand painted by ME stemware glasses are so much fun…a great addition to anyone’s bar decor or saved for a special occasion. Here’s to YOU!

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Martini Glasses Hand Painted

I love the graphic appeal of black and white! This clutch is fun and easy to carry! In a cotton print that I call foam and bubble with white background and black dots. It’s a nice little clutch for necessities on the go. Padded and with a wrap around strap that can go on a belt or slip over your wrist.

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Bridesmaid Gift Clutch Envelope

I love working with black color. The contrast on a white background is fantastic. Simple yet effective. This stippled phalaenopsis is delicate and will fit in perfectly in any home design.

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Phalaenopsis Art Print Orchid

This stylish cushion cover set will complete your black and white home interior design. Elephant cushion covers are made from black and white pattern cotton fabrics.One of them has black and white animal print, the other is made from black and white pattern cotton fabric blocks and has a white cotton block in a middle with beautiful oriental elephant embroidery.

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Elephant Cushion Cover Set

This black and white chalkboard print fabric with words describing God was the perfect fit for my Bible tote bag. The fabric is so beautiful and a great conversation starter as it will have old and new Christians either asking questions or being reminded of the many names our God can be called by.

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Bible tote bag and key chain

I think I created this because I think black is elegant and chic – and I didn’t really have anything in my shop with that precise touch of class.

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Black and White Digital Paper

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

What’s black and white and fabulous?

My love of film noir surfaced once again with these black and white curvaceous earrings. These uniquely shaped hoops are vintage black aluminum stamped with a snake skin pattern. The center cut out has an equally unusual shape. Inside each cut out is a gorgeous round white dangling freshwater pearl.

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Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

This black and white infinity scarf is ideal for the summer. The scarf is made of two fabrics. One side is white with little black Polka dots, the other side is black, embroidered with flowers and embellished with flowers in different black and white patterns.

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Infinity Scarf

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Crochet yoga socks, yin yang gift. According to Taoist principles, the forces of everything in the universe are in constant motion. As the movement continues, each of the forces of energy gradually changes into the other, yin to yang and yang to yin. This is the cycle of all energy. When these opposite energies work in unison the way nature dictates, there is a perfect balance. The yin yang symbol of equal halves, one dark and one light, but also opposing forces come together to create and generate energy – life. Yin creates the form and grows it while the yang generates action energy and expands it. This is the bringing together of two halves to make a complete whole.

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Crochet yoga socks yin yang

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Black and white are great shades and they go with anything. For your special table décor on mantles and candles
this candle bling will make wonderful statement. Gift it with a candle to Friends and family or charming housewarming / hostess gift.

Black Affair Candle Ring

2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak, peak, and post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by the 2017 Holiday Merchandising Guide article on the Etsy blog.

2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy are: All The Greetings, Greenery, Modern Farmhouse, A Fragrant Season, Pawsitively Great, Gingerbread Everything, Win The Gift Exchange, Naughty Is The New Nice, Just For Them, and Moody Hues (Nordic Snowfall and Deep Jewels).

All The Greetings

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I actually have a Merry Merry Everything Christmas Card featuring a rather dashing gargoyle.

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Greenery

Mairi from mairidesign says:

I created the above design after I had been using beads, made here in the Czech Republic, with my glass jewellery and knew that they would enhance a stylised evergreen tree. I had sketched several Christmas themed ornaments in this simple, swish-curve style and chose the perfect green and iridescent glass for my final design. Topping it off with a glass crystal is, simply, the cherry on the cake – or rather the diamond on the tree.

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A Fragrant Season

Tanya from socksandmittens says:

I wrote this Holiday potpourri Ball DIY post on my blog a while ago and it fits the 2017 holiday trend theme “A Fragrant Season”! It is a very easy and enjoyable project.

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Pawsitively Great

Nicole Bridge from MamasHookin says:

Your puppy’s on the nice list! (Was there ever any doubt?) Make sure Santa Paws has someplace to leave the treats and toys on the big day for your furry friend. This Christmas stocking was made just for dogs (although, dog lovers can also enjoy it)!

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MamasHookin

Gingerbread Everything

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

For the holidays l created two small wreaths dedicated to children, because they are decorated with clay family members (crafted by me), shaped as ginger bread. But not only for children: l thought this decor could also be a fun way to announce a new baby is arriving. I have two of these decors: with one and two kids. I hope this item will work also in this way, not only as Christmas decor.

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Win The Gift Exchange

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

A bead embroidered seashell pin is the last thing anyone would expect to find in a gift exchange, and in a very good way at that! Perfect for someone who really wishes it were summer and can’t wait for the sunny weather to come around again.

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Tanya from socksandmittens says:

Win the gift exchange with this handmade crochet bath pouf! Great idea for stocking stuffer, too

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Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

Did you draw names for holiday gifts? Did you draw the hip retro/mod one in your gift exchange group? We’ve got you covered! No worries about sizing. No worries about duplicate gifts.

The wasabi, dark teal and avocado three petal flowers engender a mod retro vibe in these dangle earrings. The hand knotted flowers sway softly on the waxed linen thread creating a floating effect, particularly fun against a backdrop of tresses.

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Naughty Is The New Nice

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Show the world you know how to be “naughty” in a nice way by taking a step back in retro time with this sexy cartoon pin up girl scarf pendant! Perfect way to warm up those cold winter days… or evenings!

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Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Cheer up your cozy evenings at home with these fun socks made to look like Santa’s socks.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Of course SLS has a Christmas card for the ‘naughty’ one on your list. This card is funny without stepping too far over the line and makes a great card for a husband or wife. As an interactive card, the mirror inside always gets a fun reaction and it’s one of our biggest hits at holiday craft fairs. Merry Christmas everyone!

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Loranesss from TurquoiseNature says:

My extremely Naughty Santa! He lives in Ukraine now but he can leave me anytime and go to another county soon!

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Just For Them

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

Did someone say Monogram! We specialize in creating personalized gifts for every occasion and monogrammed gifts make the perfect touch to any celebration. We are ready for the holidays and hope you make every gift giving opportunity into a personalized gift giving experience.

Choose from our selection of products to use as a canvas, select any combination of our available designs and available fonts from our selections, include gift wrap and gift card for shipping directly to your gift recipient, and send us your custom order requests!

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Moody Hues (Nordic Snowfall and Deep Jewels)

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

These jeweled scarves are done in jewel tones of red, purple, green and blue.

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Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

These handmade earrings feature gorgeous sapphire blue vintage lamp work beads set off by sparkling silver accents. The spider-web lace like detail on these glass cage beads remind me a bit of frost, and the colour simply takes my breath away!

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Linda B. from lindab142 says:

This deep jewels bracelet combines metallic blue with silver and a white tassel to top it off.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the 2017 Holiday Trends On Etsy board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Home Luxuries

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We all like to feel pampered once in a while. What better place to feel this way than Home Sweet Home? We checked in with our teamies to see what they love and/or sell that’s a luxury for at-home use, and here’s what they shared:

Hello everybody!

I’m happy to present you handmade felted shoes made of softest merino (Australia) wool of anthracite colour. Merino wool is the best wool in the world! You feel these shoes like a second skin on your feet and they are perfectly light and tender. The shape is slim, which wraps around your feet. They are soft, perfect for soothing your tired feet at the end of a long day. And the anthracite color is good for every interior also. Sole is made of natural latex.

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Wool slippers Elegant felted ballerina shoes Pointy flats Unique design clogs Anthracite merino

Hi to Everyone,
We want to present a beautiful mustard velvet pillow cover. It can bring color to your house, texture, warmth, design, and comfort.

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Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique says Hi to Everyone, We want to present a beautiful mustard velvet pillow cover. It can bring color to your house, texture, warmth, design, and comfort, Valentin and Maia from ModernHouseBoutique

Hi everyone, thanks for opening this lovely thread.

Probably our best-selling little home luxuries are our beautiful leather butterfly and fish key chains. They’re printed using a unique technique on pure leather and padded to be super tactile. They make really wonderful tokens to say, ‘Welcome to your new home’, but are also just a gorgeous pick-me-up to keep in your pocket or as a bag charm when you want a hint of luxury.

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Butterfly key ring / Leather key ring / bag charm – Marmaduke Butterfly

All my creations are based on my mood and my daughter’s mood! These sterling silver napkin rings would make a wonderful gift!

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Napkin rings, sterling silver, butterfly, set of 4, silver 925 serviette rings, wedding gift, silver anniversary, housewarming gift

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey said:

So many times, when making a purchase, home decorating is not at the top of the list of things to buy. Essentials like clothing, food, school supplies, etc. usually take precedence over little things like home decor luxuries. Although these types of items are not at the top of the list, they do make wonderful gift ideas.

One of the favorite home decor items in my shop is the cascading tea cup floral arrangements. These are not only elegant but they are also a conversation piece too. The floral arrangements compliment any room in the house and are quite capable of reminding you about the good things in life every time you look at them.

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Pink Floating Botanical Tea Cup Floral Arrangement | Cascading Tea Cup Floral Arrangement | Recycled Home Decor

SosoMe from Sosomeshop said:

Love your home and give it a little exotic luxury with this multi functional pillow designed in the silhouette of a women made with African inspired cotton fabrics and poly fibre filling all machine washable. The pillow is multi functional because it is not only decorative but also acts as a neck rest in an unconventional way.

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Novelty African print lady figure cushion ankara pillow accessories handmade gifts for the home gifts for men and women

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks said:

A super soft, chunky knit blanket, hand knitted throw made from hand spun super bulky yarn. Perfect for wrapping around your shoulders or simply to add a splash of color to your home.

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Hand Knit Blanket, Brown Blanket, Chunky Knit Blanket, Giant Knit, Extreme Knitting, Super Chunky Knit, ready to ship, Bulky Throw

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

Home luuxuries! How about a nice warm bath? You can soak in the tub and wash with these sweet soaps. My mother Pearl never showered but loved to soak in the tub, even when she had trouble getting out! I was there to help!

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Christmas Bath Soaps New Gift Box Set of 4 Vtg 1990’s Virgin Mary Baby Jesus Joseph & Town’s People 5 Oz Bars Cross on Top Religious Gift

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Owning Waterford crystal is definitely a lovely luxury. These champagne flutes make any occasion an enhanced luxury event. Cheers.

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Waterford Champagne Flutes Carnegie Pattern Crystal Wineglasses Vintage Barware New Year’s Eve Celebration Set of Four (4) Champagne Glasses

Many thanks for all the great shares!

Until next time,

Sheila

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!
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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.
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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!

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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!
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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!

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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!
Colors of white enamel pendant - blue, green, orange, pink, purple, yellow, colorful jewelry, gift for her, casual, feminine, unique

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.

Amazing bohemian stone and turquoise statement necklace, colorful boho necklace, tigers eye necklace, statement necklace, gift for her, boho

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.
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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!

Owl Paper Towel Holder, Wooden Owl Kitchen Decor, Owl Kitchen, Owl Gifts, Owl Decorations, Custom Owl Gifts, Cute Owl, Hand painted Owl

Owl Paper Towel in Bold Colors

Make (Or Buy!) Your Own Valentine Gift

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

What a grand holiday Valentine’s Day can be — especially when it’s a chance to express yourself to a dear one (or secret beloved)! How do you express yourself on this special day? Here’s what our CIJ teamies do —

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts said:

My Valentine is usually my dog (who gives great cuddles and makes me laugh so very happy with that), but I love making soppy romantic felts knowing people give them to their loved ones.

Right now I’m working on some zombie Valentine themed felts (for the awesome geeky couples) but for fellow readers I have this sweet bookmark –

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Love Heart Bookmark – Needle Felted Bookmark – Valentines – Girlfriend Gift – Cute Gift for Book Lovers – Unique Bookmark – Literary Gift

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital said:

I usually make a card, and we often go out to dinner, but other than that … not much. This year maybe I’ll use this paper pack – lots of pretty pink for valentines.

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Pink Digital Paper – 14 Printable Designs – Scrapbooking, Card Making, Paper Crafting, Instant Download

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies said:

Valentines Day is all about LOVE!! My partner & I share bubbles and food to celebrate this special day.

Usually I make a card too, and these handmade ceramic love hearts are a great way to personalise and embellish your LOVE card

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Handmade Ceramic Heart Focal Bead – Fused Glass Pottery Pendant – 30x22mm – Jewellery and Craft Supplies – 3 available – DeeDeeSupplies

Robot Monster from RobotMonsterClothing said:

We agree, V Day is all about love. Significant others, our kids, friends, immediate and extended families, etc…

Here is one of several items we make expressing such love.

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Valentines, I Love My Crazy Aunt Funny Novelty Toddler Kids Youth T-Shirt, Kids T Shirt, Funny Toddler Kids T Shirt, FREE Shipping

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks said:

Valentine’s Day is all about Love!
Hand knitted pillow is the perfect gift for your loved one on Valentine’s Day.

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Decorative Pillow, Heart cushion, HeHand knit pillow, Valentines gift, Two sided pillow, Wool Knit Pillow, Moms day

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said:

I usually decorate with lots of Hearts… I will be having the older group of kids in the Wacky Wednesday Fun Club make a banner to take home. I have been teaching them sewing and crafts for the older group of kids…

This is a sample of the banner that they will be making (they can make it their own way as far as the hearts go)…

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Valentine Hearts Banner… all hand-stitched. Hearts made of fun Strips and polka dot fabric. A fun festive addition to your holiday fun

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said:

I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day by baking something Sweet for my Loved ones…usually special cupcakes!!

I think someone would love to receive this beautiful vintage Heart Brooch for Valentine’s Day —

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Vintage Gold Heart Brooch/Pink and White Gemstones/Aurora Borealis Rhinestones/ Heart Pin – 1980’s

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

Valentines Day is about love hearts so heart-shaped chocolates, especially foil wrapped ones, seem to be a welcome gift.

For those who want to give a love hearts gift that will last longer than chocolate, this red and white zip bag is a useful cosmetic purse, gadget bag or pen and pencil-case. A thoughtful gift and a pretty symbol of love and affection —

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Heart Zip Bag, Pencil Case, Zip Pouch, Love Hearts Handmade Bag, Red White Cosmetic Purse, Fabric Clutch, Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Linda from LazyYVintage said:

Romantic candlelight dinners with a nice bottle of bubbly, we really like Martini and Rossi’s Asti Spumanti. We stay home and make a special dinner and spend some time together, either watching a nice movie or playing a few rounds of Scrabble —

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Hearts Candlestick Holder Square Crystal Candlestick Holder Valentines Day Home Decor Vintage Lighting Candles Centerpiece

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

I usually give little gifts or treats to our (adult) children. Just to let them know they still hold a special place in their mom’s heart.

My daughter (and Shop partner) searches out vintage Valentine cards when we go antiquing. It’s fun to read the messages and see the “old-fashioned” names. Sometimes we are able to determine the time frame of the card, if last names were signed.

Here’s one of her recent finds:

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Fairy Tale Card Girl & Boy Castle Crown Book Velvet Flocked Hearts Mid Century Classroom Valentine Card Scrapbook Craft Paper Decor Art

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations said:

Valentine’s Day has always symbolized love, whether single or in a relationship. We are all connected to each other and have love in our lives. For me, I have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of the traditional flowers and chocolates and have given my family cards over the years. I especially love the little cards given in school. It’s such a simple way to show you care. It’s also a way to start the tradition for kids to express love to others.

These forever flowers contain long stem red and white roses. These silk flowers will outlast Valentine’s week and are simply beautiful.

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Valentine Rose Bouquet, Red Roses, Faux Flowers, Valentine’s Flowers, Red and White Rose Floral, Red and Pink Flower Arrangement, Red Vase

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said:

To me, February 14th is not just a romantic love day. It’s about showing the love to moms, dads, brothers, sisters, new and old friends, and yes, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. Valentine’s Day is all about love, hearts, hugs and kisses. This lovely linen-textured card encompasses all of that.

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Romantic Card Valentine Card XOXO with hearts, 5×7 love you card for husband wife, extra 25 confetti hearts boyfriend girlfriend anniversary

Helen from MagicPatternShop said:

Sometimes I am doing the gifts with their own hands, but sometimes I buy.

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PDF Felt heart ornaments pattern Kawaii Valentine’s Day Ornament Pattern Wedding Christmas ornament pattern Baby mobile garland heart

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop said:

After her husband’s death, it’s sad holiday.

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Mini Bunny felt with heart , Valentines day gift, Easter decor, miniature bunny, little woodland rabbit, white felt mini plushie

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said:

We LOVE Valentine’s Day and have more listings in our shop specifically for this holiday than any other! We have a number of picture frame designs and created a special Valentine’s Day design sheet for our glassware and other products. Have your order gift wrapped and shipped to meet your schedule @DesignstheLimit  We love making gift giving personal all year round, but Valentine’s Day is your opportunity to plan the perfect personal gift giving moment, JUST ADD WINE!

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Valentines Day Personalized Wine Glasses with OPTIONAL Monogrammed Glass Carafe with Stopper

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE said:

Children deserve little Valentine’s Day gifts too–how about a sweet doll quilt for your favorite little girl?

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Doll quilt, pink and white, pink hearts, doll blanket

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios said:

I make; my fiance and I always have a lovely meal with something special for dessert (as I love to bake!) and a couple of quiet drinks after we’ve got our daughter to bed.

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Love Is Sweet, Round Gift Tag, 2 inch gift tag, Valentines Day, Wedding Favor Tag, Pack of 10, 20, 50, 100 or custom sized packs available

Thanks to everyone for their SWEET contributions! Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Retirement Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Retirement comes about after we have worked for many years. It is a time for going on to the next chapter,whether that be moving to another location,part time working on getting to all those projects you put aside and more….

Here at CIJ we want to know what kind of gifts you have in your shop for retirees.

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says retirement can mean the opportunity to travel, often in a caravan or camper. My folding stool is ideal for storing in small spaces and provides a stylish alternative to mass produced items

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Folding stool

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this is a fun idea for retirees who like to fish.

It is sturdy and in working condition, with plenty of “vintage” charm!

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Fishing scale measuring tool

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks discusses one more idea as a retirement gift. I can offer a pair of cosy socks. It is ideal for a lazy afternoon at home.

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hand knit mens socks

Michael Tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says for those who serve in the thin blue line. I make a custom wall hanging ceramic clay tiles with images of their badge or their department shoulder patch, framed or not. Military and private company logos can also be done.

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Personalized memorial patches

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves states when you retire, you will now have time to enjoy that Martini poolside. Here is the perfect mixing set with a Mid-Century Modern flair!

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Martini drink mixer with stirrer

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said for the man in your life that is retiring why not this vintage piece of Art to put up in his special space….

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Framed painted bowl art

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns states that these tropical caravan coasters would make cute gifts for the traveling retiree.

Pineapple caravan coasters

Pineapple caravan coasters

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are always honored to complete an order for a retirement gift and have a number of products to start the next chapter of life. Our new pen, letter opener, and magnifying glass set offers the perfect opportunity to include a gift message engraved on the case and you can have each handle engraved with the recipient’s name or monogram.
Gift wrap and cards available for shipping directly to your recipient, make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to remember!

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set