Child’s Play

Contributed by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

We’ve all heard the saying.. oh that’s just child’s play! I’ve always believed that children playing and the happy sounds coming from groups of them giggling and having fun is a wonderful sound (may be the former teacher in me coming out a bit).

Also as adults – there are many fun and unique games that take us back to the magical times of our youth.

What items in your shop relate to child’s play? We’d love to hear your comments and see your items.

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says

 Oh My Gosh… Do you remember when you were little and you got into your grandmom’s sewing kit? Speaking about “Child’s play” All those buttons and colorful spools of threads… and what fun it was to be helping grannie do creative things…
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Swiss Army Vintage Button

In my shop I have these adorable vintage buttons that appeal to lots of people, crafters, military buffs, and even button collectors. I found them when I was visiting my sister in Switzerland, I always keep an eye out for the unusual and unique supplies for my shop.

 

Melissa R from missy69 says

 My kids and I have done a different kind of Advent calendar every year since I can remember. They are now teens, and we still love to come up with new ideas. This year we did 2, a reverse Advent Calendar, which actually is putting a food item in a box to donate to a family in need on Christmas Eve. The second is more nostalgic. I wood burned, and painted part of Santa, and his beard onto a slice of wood. Then wood burned on 25 circles. Each day we add a cotton ball to a circle, when it is full it is Christmas day. You can use coins, or candy, whatever you like. I hope my children will continue to find joy in doing an Advent Calendar each year.
10 inch Wood Slice Natural Wood with Wood Burned Santa Beard Advent Calendar Made to Order Count Down to Christmas Fun Reusable Kids

Advent Calendar

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says

 I remember just being fascinated by color(s) and playing matching games with the same hue.
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Colorful Wooden Peg Toys

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 When we were kids, we would all sit around the table one night a week and have a family game night! No TV, no computers or internet surfing, just a good fun clean family game night! One of our favorites was Old Maid!
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Vintage Old Maid

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says

 I had two loves when I was a kid, reading and cartoons. I still love both! In fact, my daughter caught me watching “Frozen” by myself the other night. Then as a child I found books with cartoons in them and I was truly over the moon. Snoopy was one of my favorite cartoons back in the day. He and his gang are still classics.
Vintage Peanuts Books Featuring Snoopy Set of 2 Books from 1970s by Charles Schulz

Vintage Comics

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says

 I remember making bracelets with school friends. Now I find myself making bracelet kits for children 5 to 8 or older, adults too. More colourful kits and designs to come.
Wish Bracelet Kit, Make Your Own Wish Bracelet, Stocking Filler, Wish Bracelets, Bracelet Kits, DIY Bracelets, Gift for her, Party Gift

Wish bracelet kit

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 Our ‘Play’ instant download art celebrates what it means to be a kid and how to stay young at heart as you get older. It’s all about interacting with friends and nature, about being spontaneous and making new discoveries. About having the sun in your face and sand in your toes. About screaming loudly into the wind where it doesn’t bother the grown-ups.
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Printable “Play” download

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

 Little boys just love trucks! When my oldest son was small, we had to go outside to the alley every time he heard the garbage truck coming. It was such fun to see them pick up and empty the dumpster!

We have a nice selection of quilt block patterns featuring trucks & construction equipment in our pattern shop. Here’s the garbage truck, just about like the one that we used to enjoy watching:

foundation paper pieced garbage truck or trash truck or dustbin lorry vehicle PDF quilt block pattern; baby boy or kid's quilt block pattern

Quilt Block Pattern

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 I adore all these child play ideas!

Hope everyone is having a good new year so far! My memories of childhood is always playing with my gifts and their wrappings far into the new year – we weren’t a wealthy family and the entire gift was always so special to me, I probably have a vintage bow off something from the 1950s to this day. This doll, owl and tea cup set sparked memories of child’s play, I always included my favorite doll and stuffed animal when playing tea set..

Summertime Chintz Cup & Saucer - 1934 Royal Winton English -Grimwades Rare Antique Royal Winton Cup and Saucer, Antique Tea Cup Party Set

Summertime Chintz Tea set

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Natural And Neutral

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Natural and neutral are trending this year in home decor and so much more…
Do you have something that has neutral or natural elements in it?

These could be wood,cement,neutral color palette,stones and more.

Melissa R from missy69 says I love natural items. I love wood, especially. I recently have been teaching myself the art of Pyrography or wood burning. It is a very relaxing art. These wood slices came from a tree that had to be cut down for removal. I hand drew the dragonflies, onto the slices. I don’t use stencils, or tracings. Then I wood burned the image onto the wood, and used glow in the dark paint to add some interest, and color to the pieces.

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Set of 4 wood slice coasters-dragonfly coasters

 

Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet said this hat and scarf set is made using 100% worsted superwashed Merino wool in butternut and chocolate brown. The pattern is an Irish-inspired design that I use in a lot of my scarves and shawls.

The yarn is wonderful to work with it, you almost hate for the project to end. It is wonderful to wear; getting softer with each washing. There is a yarn shop that I have to travel to, Wool & Co. in St. Charles, IL, that stocks this yarn. Mostly I use it for projects that are gifts. But once in awhile, I have used it for some of the Lazy Y’s stock.

I love to crochet and find time daily to do a little or a lot of it. I have a spot on the corner of the couch, all my bags of yarn projects close by. I like to sit just a moment and look at them. What do I feel like completing? Starting? Or moving along in the process. Then I pick it up and start. I really believe that there are health benefits in the crocheting/knitting process. A focus for the brain, calming of the blood pressure and stress of the day, eye/brain coordination, and the contentment of just feeling that great natural yarn and seeing it become a useful, everyday piece or accessory.

As far as neutral? The colors bring forth beauty in subtle ways. The tones are perfect to accessorize and enhance so many colors and winter coats.

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Women’s hat and scarf set

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery states that brown and tan tones are definitely neutrals, and tiger’s eye is a natural gemstone! My friend Jody made the lovely flamework glass beads, and I was lucky enough to acquire them! I kept them in my ‘stash’ of gemstones and beads until I realized the tiger’s eye went so well with them. They make a nice warm toned necklace.

Brown tones necklace

Brown tones necklace

Pam Colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says natural and neutral means Shaker Wood so I am featuring my Peg basket-Amish made. It is Simple and beautiful. I bought it for myself, kept it boxed and never used it or gave it as a gift. Here it is for Etsy. I love supporting Amish people and respect their hard work.

Shaker Peg-hanging basket

Shaker Peg-hanging basket

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says these dangle earrings feature Cat’s Eye shells with small seashells and coconut beads hand knotted on waxed Irish linen thread in a neutral walnut color.

Cat’s Eye shell is a natural biological curio considered by some to be a magical charm. Because of its unique and eye-like appearance it is thought to be particularly effective in warding off the Evil Eye. I was drawn to them because of the opposite side of the shell which has a lovely spiral.

These earrings are one of a kind as each Cat’s Eye shell is unique.

Cat's eye and shell earrings

Cat’s eye and shell earrings

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns said this necklace features a natural raw stone in a wire wrapped setting. It abounds with neutral tones that only nature can provide! I think the wearer of this necklace would receive great comfort from the feel of this organic object against their skin

Wire wrapped stone pendant

Wire wrapped stone pendant

Robo Mage from WizardsCove discusses the ring is carved from solid and natural peach seed, and oiled with virgin olive oil. peach trees and wood are a symbol of eternal life, fertility and can protect from evil eye. this ring is very simple, natural and delicate.

Wooden engagement ring

Wooden engagement ring

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said natural and neutral tones are great because they are so versatile for a wide range of decors and outfits.
This set of wooden barrel beads feature a wood grain texture in neutral tones and are ideal for jewellery designs and wide range of craft projects. They are also perfect for macrame and dread beads.

Wooden barrel beads

Wooden barrel beads

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says neutral colors in the mild camel tones of the beads; from nature in the nacre shell chips that are the focal points of these simple, minimalist earrings. They would provide an elegant touch to any look without going too far into glitter & glam. Naturally.

Camel shell drop earrings

Camel shell drop earrings

 

 

 

Keeping Out The Chill

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

As the winter season settles in, it ushers in a dazzling display of glistening snowflakes and the chill of Jack Frost nipping at your nose.  In addition to going to work every day, during the Christmas Season, we are often out and about, even more attending parties and events.

When the objective is to stay warm, yet be fashionable how do we select an outfit that meets these requirements?

  • For a casual day, I like the look of pants, top, and jacket in neutral colors. Then spice it up with splashes of color from accessories like shoes, hats or scarves.

 

  • For a day at the office, pair up a colorful summer maxi dress with some tights. Accessorize with a pair of boots and leather jacket.

 

  • Another great look is a pastel colored maxi skirt combined with a dark-colored sweater. Complete the look with a coordinating dark jacket, oversized scarf and boots.

I posed the question “In the winter, how do you stay warm and fashionable?” to members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team.  Here are their suggestions and a winter weather fashion accessory to help keep you in style.

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

With hats! I have always loved a good hat, and now that I make them myself, I have styles and colors for just about every outfit, season, and mood. Hats keep you warm and can also cure bad hair days. Got to run to the store before you have a chance to get tidied up? Not a problem with a good hat! I usually end up with the test model for new hats, so they can sometimes be a little quirky, but that’s fine because I am too. (And many thanks to my good friend for the excellent photograph and her lovely daughter modeling.)

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Gray Bucket Hat With Rolled Brim


 

Jennifer Acevedo from JennCrochetCreations adds:

This hat is perfect for those days you don’t wanna mess around styling your hair but want to be warm and stylish!!! You can keep your hair in that messy bun or ponytail and no one will know.

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Crochet Messy Bun Hat


 

Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns responds:

There is nothing like a faux fur jacket to keep your warm and stylish on those cold winters nights when you have to go out.

I made this design for one of my daughters who had to go out a lot for dinners for work and she was always cold. She needed something to keep her warm while still looking good!

 

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Faux Mink Wedding Cape

 


 

Melissa R from missy69 replies:

Here in Florida, where I am, it does get cold, just not for long. A nice light shawl or sweater is perfect for most Winter days in the South. This lovely angel wing crochet shawl is all done in white. Perfect for evenings outdoors, church, parties, or just a light piece to wear around the house.

 

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Crochet White Lace Prayer Shawl

 


 

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam states:

These New Vintage Gloves Come From My Mother Pearl’s Glove Collection
They Are Warm BUT.. Soft as a BABY”S BOTTOM, Color of Soft Creamy Butter, Warm as Toast and Made of Deerskin Leather. My Mother worked at Martin’s Store in Great Neck NY selling Gloves!!  They are a treasure not yet purchased by a lucky buyer!

 

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Grandoe Deerskin Leather Gloves

 


 

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

Of course, you accessorize by proclaiming your love of snow! These pendants are about the joy of ‘swooshing’ down a snowy hill. Although, they still are an awesome winter jewel even if you are a terrible skier like me!

 

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Slalom Enamel Pendant

 


 

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign adds:

Oooh winter!!! What is winter without snow?  These little snowflake charms would be a great item to make a bracelet, necklace or earrings out of!

 

 

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Snowflake Charm Beads

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Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states:

Many men today sport the fashionable clean shaven head! Hard to keep that head warm without the extra layer of hair!! His fabulous wool cap is sure to keep any guys (or gals) head warm and be fashionable as well!

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

Vintage Plaid Tweed Cap

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz discusses:

I grew up in Germany where winters can be really cold – and long. Now I’m living in Northern California where winters are pretty mild. We have a few frosty nights and mornings, but compared what I used to experience this is nothing. However, a hand knit hat comes in handy when I go out for an early walk, and the leaves stitched on the hat remind of warmer days to come

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

Blue slouchy hat with magenta leaves

 

 

Homemade Goodness For The Season

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

If you’re like me, now is the time of year you get that irresistible urge to buy, make (and eat) special treats not common at other times of the year. For me, it’s Christmas cookies and candies, ‘comfort soups’, fancy pastries and pies….well, you get the idea.

What are your treasured homemade treats of the holiday season? Our teamies shared some of their favorites and also some items from their shops related to holiday baking, cooking, candy-making, or eating!!

Melissa R from missy69 said:
My Grandma used to make the best Magic Cookie Bars, and they are still my favorite She made something called Jumbo cookies too, but I can not find a proper recipe anywhere for them. The recipe for Magic Cookie Bars, is www.eaglebrand.com/recipe-detail/magiccookiebars-3934 here. Of course you will need a giving plate to give them to friends and family. I am glad to help you there.
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Believe Nativity Christmas Painted Plate the Giving Plate Faith Beautiful Gift Idea Friend Hostess Church Party Plate Luke 2 Bible

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

This recipe is a family favorite! Makes a great hostess gift too!

Candy-Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash vanilla extract
4 cups whole pecans

Preheat over to 275 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat egg white until stiff. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until browned, about 10-15 min.

Store in a tin to keep fresh.

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Chef Figurine Hanging Yellow Scoop Wall Pocket Vintage 50s Kitchen Hollywood Ceramic Art Pottery Planter Kitschy Decor Retro Gag Gift

Tanya from socksandmittens said:

My friend gave me this recipe several years ago. These are simple hazelnut butter cookies but they taste so good. We bake them every Christmas since then.

Here is a recipe or if you’d like to see the full version with photographs please visit my blog socksandmittens.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-butter-cookies.html

Hazelnut butter cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tea-spoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Fold in nuts. Knead a dough to make it smooth. Place the dough ball in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350’F. Line the baking sheet with foil. If your dough is too hard cut it with knife to form a strips and then cut it to even pieces. Roll the pieces into balls about the same size and place on ungreased foil about 1″ apart.

Bake at 350’F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool completely and dust them with the powdered sugar.

One item from my second shop related to baking is this vintage glass rolling-pin.

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Vintage glass Roll-Rite baker’s rolling-pin Good Housekeeping USA collectible baking memorabilia

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Cheese biscuits are a favourite between courses in my house. I think the clean the palate in preparation for the next delicious dish.

Cheese Biscuits

1 Cup plain flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
125 gram butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
20 gram blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan extra

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F

place flours curry powder and butter in a food processor till crumbly
Stir in cheeses
Bring mixture together into a ball
Roll into a log. Chill for 1 hr
Cut 5 mm slices and arrange on tray lined with baking paper leaving room between.
Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake for 15 min
Enjoy

Here is something to serve them on.

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Serving Platter. wooden, Queensland Walnut

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love to make homemade gifts for Christmas and include the recipes! This gorgeous Angel Shortbread mold is perfect for making shortbread or cookies to give as gifts AND it comes with its own recipe book! Whether you make your own gift or want to give a gift to someone who likes to bake – this is the perfect Holiday themed present!

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Vintage Flying Angel Shortbread Cookie Mold by Brown Bag Cookie Art – 1987 Design Cookie Cutter – Wall Art Plaque – Baking Crafts Supplies

Many thanks for all the great shares! Happy Noshing & Holidays, Everyone!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Warm Taupe And Dusty Cedar – Pantone Fashion Colors For Fall 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone two of the top colors for Fall 2016 are Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar.

WARM TAUPE PANTONE 16-1318

PANTONE 16-1318 Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016 season.

  • Suggests reassurance and stability
  • Trusted, organic and grounded
  • Departs slightly from the foundations of the Fall 2016 palette
  • Timeless

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Warm Taupe

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board
Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Warm Taupe

Members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the colors Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore says

I love old bottles and lace…when blended together, they tell a story.
Warm Taupe Altered Glass Bottle

Warm Taupe Altered Glass Bottle

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I love color and always await the Pantone annual color report with interest. I also enjoy combining enamel and gemstones together. This year, I designed and made earrings based on the 2016 colors. These earrings are a nice neutral to add to any wardrobe!
FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

Linda Yunker from LazyYCrochet says:

The yarn was a gorgeous, a chunky multi-shaded brown wool blend that I just couldn’t resist. I could just imagine how warm and pretty this yarn would be in one of my hat and scarf sets. So, here it is in all its warm glory.

LazyYCrochet

LazyYCrochet

The simplicity and beauty of nature have always inspired me as an artist and as a human being, and I believe that this baby deer wall art embody those moral values. The baby deer was hand burned onto a bass wood plaque, which was left in its natural state, to show off the beauty of the wood and the wood burning arts.

SpoiledFelinesArt

SpoiledFelinesArt

Sue from ZozannaCeramics says:

Warm Taupe is a gorgeous warm neutral colour. I haven’t looked at the Pantone colours since I worked in graphics years ago. Thanks for re-introducing me. I think this pendant fits.
ZozannaCeramics

ZozannaCeramics

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Neutral colours are great because they are so versatile, and can, therefore, be called upon in any wardrobe emergency!! And I love rings!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says:

I am fond of using neutrals for decor and sewing because they are timeless.

This apron I have designed and made using classic chintz cotton has a background of Warm Taupe that highlights the dainty floral posies. It combines my love of cooking with gardening and nature-even to photographing the apron in the outdoors!

ArabellaBlossoms

ArabellaBlossoms

DUSTY CEDAR PANTONE 18-1630

Like Airy Blue, PANTONE 18-1630 Dusty Cedar gives a nod to the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz.

  • A fall and winter version of the Pinks we’re used to seeing in spring
  • Dustier rose-toned Pink shade with some complexity
  • Exudes warmth and welcome

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Dusty Cedar

Etsy Christmas In July Pinterest Board
Fall 2016 Pantone Color: Dusty Cedar

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Love this Pantone Color – it seems like a lighter version of Pantone’s Marsala. Still nice and warm and velvety for the fall. I see myself sitting by a fire with a cup of warmth and a bit of chocolate.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGifts0 says:

Hi everyone-

I have a piece of jewellery with ‘some’ Dusty Cedar in it.

The inspiration for this piece is Morse Code. I see so many Morse Code items that I fell in love straight away and wanted to make my version with pearls and silver beads. Morse Code can have such a meaning to the person buying the item that they can personalise it in anyway they want, the item has great meaning to them and memorable to the person who wears it. Perfect for all occasions and ages.

EveryoneLovesGifts0

EveryoneLovesGifts0

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This is such a warm comforting colour! This set of salt & pepper dishes are equally comforting when it comes to sharing food with family and friends!

The dishes are a soft dappled dusty cedar & mint green – opposite colours on the colour wheel and a natural outcome of the ceramic firing process!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Tami Wooliver from HannaHerbals says:

This is one of my favorite soaps. I love the splash of dusty warm pink in the whiteness of the soap. The dusty pink was created by using Australian pink clay, which is so good for your skin. It is a castille brine soap, Castille Brine soap has traditionally been made in France. This is not a traditional castille brine, because we did add red clay and french lavender eo to the soap. We use only certified organic oils and salts in this soap.

HannaHerbals

HannaHerbals

Melissa R from missy69 says:

I guess my inspiration for all my jewelry, is that I love jewelry. I started collecting gemstones for a few years, and then taught myself how to set them in castings and semi mounts. The semi mount was purchased from a jewelry supplier, and then I set one of my lovely Rhodolite Garnets into the setting. It is a size 6, and will match all your Dusty Cedar outfits.

missy69

missy69

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

There are certainly a lot of natural gemstones out there in this amazing world we live in. Finding a Dusty Cedar colored stone was a challenge but I think I found one in Thulite.

Thulite was first discovered at a place called Sauland in Telemark, Norway in 1820. It is named after the mythical island of Thule in the belief that the island is Norway.

Thulite is also sometimes called rosaline it is an opaque, massive pink manganese-bearing variety of the mineral zoisite. Thulite is often mottled with white calcite and occurs as veins and fracture fillings transecting many types of rock. In mineralogical literature, thulite may sometimes refer to any pink zoisite.

saxdsign

saxdsign

rosenthorn2001 from CrochetArtETC says:

When I saw the Dusty Cedar color featured, I had to share my Fluted White doily in which this color stands out amid a multicolored pattern on white. The unique design was crocheted by me and is one of my favorites. The doily is crafted with size 10 cotton thread into varied texture stitches. It is 14″ Round and the contemporary Dusty Cedar color blended with the other colors in the doily’s palette makes this piece ideal for many decors. Even though creating fiber art is my joy, I especially loved working this stunning color palette into this most interesting pattern design.

CrochetArtETC

CrochetArtETC

Grandparents Gifts

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

What do you give to established persons such as grand parents for a special gift, birthday or holiday? They seem to have everything they want already – or maybe you’ve sent a little spy to ask them what they want this year, or perhaps need?

Tell us your stories, we want to hear, about the special grand parents and what you have for them this year! I’d love to hear about the – lovely, useful, whimsical or other – grandparent gifts you have in your shop, those you’ve given in the past, and why you think they are the best!

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Grandparents usually do an extraordinary amount of hosting family gatherings during the Holiday season! Drinks and food galore, there are usually accidents! Take along a set of fun tartan plaid cocktail napkins, as a hostess gift, so everyone has a place to set their beverage down without ruining the furniture!
Tartan Plaid Holiday Cocktail Napkins - Set of 6 - Red Green Gold Barware Coasters - Christmas Entertaining - Gift - Vintage Table Linens

Tartan Plaid Holiday Napkins

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

 Grandparents!

I had a Grandfather when I was very small(under 5). He was mostly in the hospital so I barely remember him.
But who I consider Grandparents Are My Children’s Grandparents! MY PARENTS. Pearlsvintagebypam began as a TRIBUTE to MY Mother PEARL.
Pearl Was a Master Cook and Everything to Anyone Who Knew Her!!
THIS IS HER VINTAGE WOODEN BOWL. IT Can Replace Grandma’s Cracked Bowl. This One is Pristine.

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Vintage Dough Bowl

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 This is a great topic and dear to my heart. Our family has traveled around a lot and our children have missed out on so many Christmases and Birthdays with grandparents that it breaks my heart. But we have relied heavily on video and old-fashioned cards in the mail.

I’ve designed a printable DIY gift from grandkids to grandma that even the youngest ones can contribute to. Our signs read: ‘Some of my favorite people call me Grandma’ and look great as is with a black chalkboard-style background with white and blue text and border. But it looks even better when grandkids add their special touch of coloring magic. Then grandma will know her grandchild really put her heart and soul into that gift. Our printable package includes a 5×7 file for creating a coloring postcard, an 8×10 sign, or a 14×18 inch poster that all the grandkids can help color.

We also have this sign for Grandpa, and soon to come: Grandmother, Grandfather, Oma, Opa, Abuela, Abuelo, Nana, Papa, Mamie, Papie, and more!

Christmas Gift for Grandma, Printable DIY Poster, Children's coloring card for grandmother, Favorite People Call me Grandma 5x7 8x10 14x18

Printable DIY project for Grandma

Linda from LazyYVintage says

Is Grandpa a railroad collector? This is a Rock Island Railroad red globe lantern from the 1920s. In very good condition and sure to please those that love the stories and memorabilia of railroads.

Jim’s great-grandfather Pappy Grote was an engineer on the Chicago, Elgin, Aurora line in the late 20s and 30s. His grandfather Grote worked at the Elgin Watch Factory, so Jimmy would spend his time with Grandpa Grote walking to Lord’s Park in Elgin listening to him tell stories of the railroads. One of Jim’s favorite stories was during the depression, Grandma Ruby and Great Grandma Lizzie would bring soup and bread to the rail lines to feed the men who traveled the rails looking for work. And how Pappy would try to talk them out of doing it for their own safety, but they refused. Pappy ended up adding Lizzie’s homemade cookies to the food stuffs and walked down there every evening to keep them safe. Ends up, that Pappy would end up staying and talking to the men while Lizzie and Ruby made their way back home.

Jim always drifts towards anything doing with railroads or watches. He loved his grandparents and misses them. He does his very best to be a good grandpa to his 13 grandbabies. He knows that they will also remember the stories and their life with Papa.

Rock Island Railroad Lantern Railroad Relic Memorabilia Red Globe Fixed Globe Lantern Adlake Kero 1921 to 1923 Americana

Rock Island Lantern

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

Stock lane – me too yes on the ice cream machine, my siblings and I would fight on who could crank the fastest.

I was raised by my grandparents and parents in a wonderful large extended family. I learned all about birds from my grandmother. This would make a wonderful gift to a grandparent who appreciates handmade items and one of a kind gifts.

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Wine Cork Bird House

Melissa R from missy69 says

 Grandparents are so special in our lives. My Grandma loved to watch the birds, then my Mom did, and now so do I love Humming-birds. I love to watch them all, but these little creatures are so delicate and beautiful. Maybe Grandma, or Grandpa can’t see the birds outside so well anymore. Why not give them a beautiful painting?
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Hummingbird Painting

Mariya Mukha from MariyaMukhaembroeder says

 Granny deserves an exclusive embroidery on soft eco-fabric made especially for her! These colorful and reach embroidery threads would delight your beloved grandmom for sure…All her friends would ask where did she get this. And she will be proud her grandchildren gave her such a unique gift with lots of love and care!)

Ukrainian ethnic embroidery is a traditional way to show love, to protect relatives from negative things and just to feel that someone cares much for you!

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Embroidered Women’s Shirt

Robyn from BigTRanchSoap says

 Grandparents in our family are the ones who take the time to play games with the younger ones. The time spent together over a board game or a game of Yahtzee is always very special with lots of laughs. What better way to remember these times than a set of dice soaps?
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Dice Shaped Soap

Vaishali Chudasama from NVillustration says

 I guess they like something customize here I am sharing customize gift this is fridge magnet you can get their portrait fridge magnet
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Customized Fridge Magnet

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says

 I think this pillow cover will be a perfect gift for a grandmother who loves roses. Most grandparents like gardening and roses happen to be their favourite flower so this I believe would be a fitting gift this Christmas or Birthday. What’s also great about this pillow cover is that these roses will never wilt. It is also padded and quilted hence extra comfort. It is a pillow cover for colour, charm and comfort.
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Red Roses Patchwork Pillow

Secret Pal or Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

They are used as a fun way to honor co-workers, to surprise other’s at holidays, birthdays and other events – even secretly sent in the mail – have you ever participated in a secret pal gift give-a-way?

Most are conducted by just leaving the gift on the person’s desk or workplace. Some of my friends call these Amigo Secreto (secret friend) or Amigo Invisible (invisible friend). What is this called in your country?

With Etsy, it’d be very simple to send secret gifts to special people in our lives. Thank you Alicia of AliciasFindings for thinking of this topic. Do you have items in your shop that would be perfect for this type of small gift giving? We’d love to see them and hear your story.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 I love Secret Santa gift exchanges at work! And trying to guess who the gift-giver was. The game often helps break the ice, solidify friendships and spark new ones!

Here’s a fun Secret Santa Gift great for the office – a mousepad adorned with Love Locks that used to adorn bridges that spanned the Seine River in Paris. The topic of the love locks will certainly bring out conversations and it’s perfect for a traveling buddy or to send a subtle romantic message. . . .

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Computer Mouse Pad Gift

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

This is a fun and decorative gift for a secret santa. It’s fun to draw names and then see what cute little thing or funny thing you can find to make someone else smile. It’s always a fun surprise!

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Winter Mittens Mini Sack Tote

Suzi TC from Oldewoods says

In my last office we had a Kris Kringle where all of our names were written down and went into a bucket. We each chose a slip (keeping it secret of course!) then bought a gift with a value up to $20 for our special colleague. All the pressies went into the Santa Sack and were given out at our Christmas Party. The Banksia Bomb was especially created with affordable festive giving in mind 🙂

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Gift Pak – Banksia Bomb

Melissa R from missy69 says

Secret Santa is always so much fun! Most gift items are given a price of 25 dollars or less, or it used to be when I was in the working force. This leather wrap bracelet, is perfect as a friend or Secret Santa gift. Versatile, and affordable, in neutral colors for Fall and Winter wear. Free shipping, right now, until Jan 1, 2017 on all orders of 35 dollars or more.

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Boho Chic Brown Glass Beads

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 I always loved being the giver or the recipient on these Santa and secret pal gifting days. So much fun!

I would probably just make them something like this if it was for a church friend, or even a co worker that I knew what she liked. It’s a take on a country bird bath theme, a little rustic then turned into an inspirational white Dove gift.

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Inspirational White Dove Gift

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says

 At work when we did Secret Santa, it tended to be the secretary who organised who got their exchange – I think it involved lots of sealed envelopes!

I think this would be a lovely gift for a dog loving colleague, especially those who often have their pet photos on their desk. Or alternatively, it is suitable if you are in a group who posts their gift to their exchange partner

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Dog Lover Sign

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

 I love Secret Santas, they are fun and just create joy. We did it back in college and my daughter did it with her friends while they were still in school. It was always very enjoyable to find a little gift. I have chosen a little holiday ornament on a 3×3 canvas that is not necessarily specific for Christmas but is perfect for any lover of nature, wild animals like moose and wolves, and just for winter in general. It can be hung in a tree, on a mantelpiece or wherever is space.
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Mixed Media Christmas Ornament

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Circular Fire & Ice Brooch

For the co-worker or friend who loves holiday jewelry this Sarah Coventry fire and ice brooch is a perfect secret Santa gift; small, beautiful, and thoughtful.
If I didn’t already have one from a secret Santa friend, I might not of shared this one.

In college, we did a Secret Santa and it was loads of fun. It was a great way to get to know the other girls in my dorm and to relieve some of the stress from final exams.

One of the gifts that I received was an adorable stuffed hippo wearing a stocking cap nestled inside a small Christmas stocking. I still have him today and each year we place him under our Christmas tree.

For a sweet and easy gift for a Secret Santa gift exchange, this Christmas Cocoa Holder is perfect. Just add a packet of cocoa and a peppermint stick and your gift is ready to go.

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Christmas Cocoa Holder

ay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Secret Santa is especially fun when it’s HARD to figure out who gave what!! I like the Secret Santa game that involves SWAPPING! A gift is opened and the next person can choose to “keep or swap” for someone else’s already opened gift! It keeps the game going just a little bit longer! ( A favorite for my family – but then I have some ruthless swappers living at my house! )

Wouldn’t it be fun to choose a “vintage” Secret Santa gift for your next office exchange? This little cutie is a great choice because it works with any holiday décor. Perfect on your desk too! Vintage reindeer NEVER get thrown away! They just keep delighting young and old for years to come!

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Vintage Plastic Christmas Deer

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 We love secret Santa gifts that are both fun and functionable! These adorable Christmas carolers candles will sing their way into your hearts and decorate your home at the same time!
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Christmas Carolers Candle Figurines

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 Most of the gifts in our shop are individually personalized for the recipient, but we have the perfect gift for the stressed out coworker or anyone who needs to drink to their good health and for wellness. Available in Red or White stemless wine glasses or on any product in our shop.
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Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

We originally created this design for the Net Neutrality movement, but decided to keep it around for love of the good fight and the humor of the double meaning which it invokes when engraved on a wine, whiskey, or coffee mug!

Artsy Lady from WeirdVanity says

 I love Secret Santa! Its a tradition i have been part of since my days in grad school. In school we were on a limited budget, so most of the presents were handmade, which was even more amazing! One of the gifts i received was a handmade Ganesha statue , another time i got a pencil sketch (which was super cool!). at work the budget was higher so that meant store bought presents like scented candles or mugs.

A really cool Secret Santa present would be this handmade custom pet portrait for that colleague or friend who loves his/ her pet!

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Custom Pet Portrait Necklace

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

 Secret Santa brings back many fun memories of grammar school. Our teacher would ask us to bring ornaments into school handmade and give them to her in a brown lunch bag and she would distribute to students by hiding them in your locker or in your desk while you were at lunch or recess, which means you never know who got your ornament until they opened it. Secret was you couldn’t tell who got yours or who had you unless somebody squealed. One year in 4th grade I got a handmade wood bell ornament and many decades later its still displayed on my tree.

This would make a great Secret Santa gift for work or school or even for your child’s teacher.

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Crochet Christmas Angel Ornament

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says

 A Secret Santa gift exchange is all about the mystery and fun plus sharing the Christmas spirit. This small bear could sit on somebody’s desk at work and its festive and fun decor throughout the holidays.
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Collectible Teddy Bear Figurine

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 These Christmas coloured beads would make the ideal secret santa gift for the craft lover in your life! They are ideal for adding sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects.
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Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Beads

Sue from SuesAkornShop says
 Secret Santa’s are so much fun and it’s always a fun time trying to guess who the Santa is!

This vase is great for a co workers desk or for their home. Change the flowers with the seasons or occasions or keep your favorites in this gorgeous mercury glass vase.

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Silver Mercury Glass Vase

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 We love Secret Santa gift exchanges! Whether it’s for a man or woman, just about everyone would love a great deck of Christmas playing cards! Host an office party or family gathering with a friendly game bridge or poker! A great way to kick start the Holiday season!
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Vintage Christmas Playing Cards

Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says

 A perfect Secret Santa gift; especially, for that favorite teacher! Stuffed, fabric apple, for ornament, shelf, curio, or where ever you wish to use it. Customizable, too!
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Apple Fabric Smiles Ornament

Christa from WintergreenDesign says

 Secret Santa exchanges have always been a great holiday tradition. Most of the secret Santa exchanges I have been apart of have included the exchanging of Christmas Ornaments… I think they are a thoughtful gift and whether you know someone well or not you are likely to find an ornament that will fit the person and your budget.

For a Secret Santa exchange I would definitely go with an ornament. In my shop I have dozen of designs that can be customized by color or hair style making an ornament perfect for your recipient.

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Bearded Elf Ornament

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I loved being apart of the Secret Santa type parties they were so much fun!!!. As the bag was being passed around for you to choose a name you could tell everyone was hoping somebody who was a great gift giver pulled their name. So, I think getting something the person has listed on their wish list would be a pleasant surprise especially if this were there only gift.
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Horses Lanyard

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 These colourful earrings would make a gorgeous secret santa gift for the jewelery lover. Imprinted with a flower decoration, these handmade earrings are lightweight and an easy transition from day wear to night attire.
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Handmade Ceramic Jewelry

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

 I have had several customers recently saying their purchase was for a Secret Santa gift. Since I already wrap all my items in tissue tied up with a simple satin ribbon, they are ready for giving. Here’s an idea that is even useful around the office:
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British Wool Mug Cosy

Esther-Nicole Designs from TheENDboutique says

 Perfectly Unique Holiday or Christmas Gift idea for your Secret Santa, or Holiday Christmas Party 35+ COLOR CHOICES

3pc Rose Pen Holiday Gift Set

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Rose Pen Set

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Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says

 I think secret santa is a lovely idea. Here is one for the ladies… If not your choice, I’ve other charmed items too.
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Moon Charm Pendant