For The Pet Lover

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Pets come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a pet that is furry, scaly, a mammal or a rodent and so much more!
Those of us who are pet lovers tend to go wild for items that are all about our type of pet (think mug with a dog on it) or those items we can use for our pets (think pet mat).

We want to know what you have in your shop that pet lovers would want?

Marjorie from mscenna says I love cats and have a collection of cat themed items. Although I no longer have them as pets, I still enjoy them and love cat inspired trinkets. This repurposed jewelry ornament would be a fun gift for a cat lover!

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Black cat ornament

Lizzy from LizzysBibsandBobs said I guess it would not come as a surprise to anyone that I am a Cat Lover! I am also a great lover of glass – in particular Fenton Glass Animals, of which I have a small collection of 20 or so pieces. So a Fenton Glass Cat is the perfect gift for someone like me or someone who just loves Cats. This beautiful white opalescent Calender Cat is a fabulous gift for those Pet Lovers born in May!

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Fenton glass calendar cat

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I love all animals and when I found this cut Cat and Dog fabric I thought it would be great for the pet lover / book reader as my newest in my new line of bookmarks.

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Cat and dog bookmark

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I personally am a dog person (allergic to cats) but I have a classy cat key ring that a lady cat lover could easily fall in love with! Not only is it cute, it also has a lot of sass! The jeweled body glistens in the sun AND moves separately from the head too. This cat just reminds me of spunk and so do a lot of ladies I know! It’s definitely an attention grabber and a fun accessory to own. You may even consider it a feline version of Betty Boop!

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Ilda from lililapt said I love rabbits. They are the Easter symbol. I embroidered rabbits in baby crosstitch diapers. They are lovely!

Cross stitched baby burp cloth

Marta from GottliebTextiles states this is an interior piece for a true cat person. The cat embroideries are made with acrylic thread which is then brushed with a stiff wire brush to create a textured effect. Therefore the embroideries have a lovely soft feeling, just as the cats should be.

Cat cushion cover

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I love cats and having a little bling on my journals and as a zip pull on my bags is such a great way to show that.

French cat zipper pulls

Przemila from CanisArtStudio said I’m a great animal lover. My whole shop is for pet lovers. I paint custom pet portraits from photos and especially dogs, cats, and horses. My favorite techniques are an oil painting on canvas and pastel drawings. I also make pencil drawings. The ordered portrait of your favorite pet will be framed in an elegant wooden frame. You can choose any image dimensions and the color of the frame. This is a wonderful gift idea for any occasion and a memory that will never lose its value. In my shop, you can also find painted clocks, wooden boxes and other items decorated with the image of your favorite pet.

Custom dog portrait

Heather from MooseintheMint states this sign is ideal for a cat lover (I also have a dog version) – the first design said ‘Crazy Cat Lady’, but some people didn’t think that was appropriate, so this is version 2! [other people just thought it funny!]

Crazy about cats sign

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says for some women having something leopard print is a must have item whether it be in clothing or accessories. So, my thought for this design was if you’re a dog lover who loves leopard prints then why not accessorize your pet in it as well.

Leopard print dog collar and leash

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba said I was very surprised that many people get attracted to this little birdie consider them as their pet. But hey, it doesn’t always have to be a cat or a dog, why can’t it be a robin? Most important is that the pet gives you a ton of positive emotions.

Robin fine art drawing

Mairi from mairidesign states ever since I did an oil pastel study of a stuffed owl in school, I’ve been fascinated by their soft plumage. Over time, I learned to design in a basic stylized manner and liked to simplify the bird’s forms and made these stained glass brooches especially for fellow owl lovers. I may not have my own owl pet as yet, but I can visit them in their huge cages in Wallenstein Palace Gardens, Prague, whenever I like.

Glass owl brooch

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Great Teacher Gifts

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Teachers have to deal with so much in a day, that they deserve much praise and some great gifts.

Some great ideas for gifts are: Gift cards, gift baskets, volunteer your time and so much more.

What do you have in your shop that would make a great teacher gift.

Karen from timetalentjewels says small children enjoy giving teachers flowers, why not give their teacher a fun set of stacking bracelets (stacks of flowers). Beautiful colors of corals, melons and fuchsia along with silver what fun bracelets! Enjoy!

Set of 3 floral stacking bracelets

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio said our zipper pouches are perfect teacher gifts. Perfect for holding all those little stickers that are passed out throughout the day. Durable and easy to wash, they’re the perfect take anywhere pouch for field trips or conferences. The perfect size for organizing electronic gadgets like memory sticky, SD cards and earphones. And they’re perfect for holding that gift card to be included with your teacher appreciation card.

Pencil pouch

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals states most teachers love to read a beautiful bookmark and a gift card to bookshop will make a great gift and can be used over and over again.

Pink gemstone bookmark

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says this is one of my biggest sellers and it’s bought by teachers themselves. Teachers can be a trusted source of advice for students weighing important life decisions. Educators can help their students pursue higher education, explore career opportunities and compete in events they might otherwise have not thought themselves able to. Students often look to their teachers as mentors with experience and knowledge, and, as an educator, you will almost definitely be asked for advice at some point during your career.

Teacher lanyard

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said every teacher needs a clipboard to keep organized! They constantly have some sort of list or pile of papers they need to keep in order or review. This decorated clipboard will stand out above all others! It’s a one-of-kind conversation piece that the teacher will be able to treasure, in her classroom, all year-long.

Decorated clipboard

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states our personalized pen sets make the perfect gift for teachers from our Etsy shop. Choose to include either a twist ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, mechanical pencil, or a letter opener to make your gift complete. Enter any text and choose any font we have available to make your gift unique. Gift wrap available for gift giving made easy @DesignstheLimit.

Personalized maplewood pen set

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset says this framed cross-stitched ‘Teachers Are Special People’ wall art would make an awesome gift for that special teacher. I can see it hanging in the classroom near the teacher’s desk. It is a good reminder to students, parents, and other teachers.

Framed teacher cross stitch

Niatta from NiattaCrochet said searching for a great gift for teachers and baseball team moms my customer stopped on this listing. Ever since she became my most valued customer, gifting and stashing many colors of this design and even asking for variations with more colors, to match individual preferences. I loved it when she stashed 2 blue ones for her future daughters-in-law, having two boy kids, aged 8 and 10 years old!

Crochet coin purse

Marjorie from mscenna states this key chain is the perfect apple for the teacher! A retro inspired key chain featuring red and green vintage beads and an apple charm, a great gift for a fun loving teacher!

Red apple keychain

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says owl – a symbol of wisdom and science. Hand-painted wooden box – pencil case or glasses case.

Hand painted pencil case

Heather from MooseintheMint said this is a personalized thank you card, so you can chose the wording that suits, and it’s blank inside for you write an individual message. The initial key chain is a small personal gift – teachers must run out of space!

Thank you Initial key ring

Carrie from FantasyBubbles16 states every teacher should have soft lips. It’s hard to talk and teach when you’re lips are super dry. Our Lip Butter feels amazing and leaves lips silky smooth.

Root beer vegan lip butter

Marta from GottliebTextiles says this is a very practical gift that will fit in any home. So if you do not know your teacher well, you won’t go wrong with this one. Everyone washes dishes at home thus the dish cloths will be in use.  Moreover, pretty ones with floral embroideries on.

Embroidered kitchen tea towels

Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018

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 – 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 Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: are Home Decor (Wabi – Sabi), Jewelry (Choker Revamp, Mix-And-Match Earrings), Weddings (Jumpsuits) and Hot Hue (Ultra Violet). Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Jewelry

Mix-And-Match Earrings

Emily Tan from QuirkyEleganceEm says:

Monochrome + mother of pearl + brass wire-wrap = a pair of fashion forward and special handmade earrings.

I enjoy making wire wrapped earrings, and have been experimenting using this particular herring bone wrap with non-round beads. I chose these teardrop mother of pearl beads for their luster and decided it would be interesting and very modern to have one side white and the other black. Wire wrap can be associated with fanciful and heady designs but I find these wonderfully simple and yet bold.

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YOKO from yokojewelry says:

I’ve been thought earrings should be exact same pair. But not anymore! I love to design asymmetrical jewelry. It gives you sassy look!

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Hot Hue

Ultra Violet

JO from alustrousjewellery says:

This Amethyst is a beautiful deep violet shade. This would make a lovely gift for some one special.

I set this natural Amethyst 8 x 6 mm oval gem, into a back set pendant setting, I choose to hang it on a diamond curb chain to complement the shape of the oval Amethyst. I have threaded the chain through the pendant setting so it hangs and slides along the chain.

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Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

I love creating home and garden decor items with colorful beads. This hanging pendant features bright shades of blue and purple and a fun moon and stars theme in ultra violet!

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Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

Hot Hues…Ultra Violet…Yes! I have the perfect hand-painted serving plate for this…It seemed to be the perfect plate for painting using one of my favorite colors. Ultra violet and yellow are such ‘happy’ colors, so I now have a ‘happy’ plate!

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If you are on Pinterest here is the Top Etsy Trend Predictions For 2018 board!

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

A Walk In The Park

Contributor Post by Mary of Stock Lane Studio

Parks are the fabric of small towns, big cities and everything in between.  They get us out, keep us active, bring us together and remind us that we’re part of something greater than our remote controls.  Parks come in all shapes, themes and sizes.  The smallest park in the world is only as big as the width of a telephone pole!  Do you know where that is?  Many of us have cherished memories of first bike rides, birthday parties and baseball games, barbecues, picnics, festivals, hikes and long walks with pets and loved ones.

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Our dog loves to go for walks, and play in the park! If there’s a squirrel, he’ll chase it! If there’s another dog, they’ll play! Throw a ball or a stick? He brings it right back, or not! A walk in the park is the highlight of his day.

When we created this quilt pattern, we got to thinking- What other activities would dogs enjoy at the park, if they had a choice? What if a dog could learn how to roller skate, or take a ride on his bicycle? This whimsical design is the end product of our creative thinking!

Puppy Dog Park Appliqué

Our local park is very close to our home. It’s not unusual to hear crowds of people cheering on the local school sports teams as they play their games or see children play on the various pieces of equipment that were placed there in the park for their enjoyment.

However, parks aren’t just about the children! Our dogs love the park too! It’s their chance to “socialize” and get the latest doggy news! In honor of all the other dogs who love to walk in the park, I’d like to show off my dog sewing pillow panel. Our dogs each have their own pillow they rest on after a long walk in the park!

Nautico Creations from Nauticaocreations  says:  

Nothing is better than a walk in the park. It helps ground me after time behind a computer, driving in traffic, etc. The calm of wooded areas and listening to the chirping of the birds is especially nice.

This arrangement with the twig vase reminds me of the woodlands and some flowers that might be growing there. unlike a formal arrangement, this one seems just a bit wild and natural to me.

Purple flowers in Twig Vase

Mairi from mairidesign says:  

A walk in the park brings to mind the wild meadow flowers that spring up wherever they like. The resilient poppy is one such flower that loves to display its gorgeous reds in our local park.  These stained glass poppies will cheer up even the dullest of days as they capture the light to share their ruby hues with you.

Poppies Suncatcher

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

The best memories of my childhood are related to the park. In the park, I started to ride my first bike and the park was a favorite meeting place with my friends. These were wonderful moments spent walking with the dog and friends “of the dog”. This is where my dreams about setters started and today I know that dreams come true. For all lovers of long walks, I have a hand-painted clock with one of my favorite dog breeds – Irish setter. Of course, it’s possible to order a similar clock with your favorite motif.

Wall Clock with Painted Dog

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:  

Since I’ve chosen to make walking in the park a daily part of my life for heart health I love seeing the flowers in particular daisies blooming and the birds chirping away.

With the weather in GA being so warm this enjoyment has come even earlier this year but the one thing my memory doesn’t like to recall is the pollen that comes with the blooming flowers. However, this hasn’t stopped me in fact it motivates to me get out more to explore different parks just to see the beautiful flowers and the sound of all God’s creation.

And oh, by the way, the Smallest Park in the World?   That’s Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, USA.  Concerned Portlanders decided to spruce up a lonely old telephone pole hole in the 1970’s and it’s been a fun city feature ever since.

Daisy Dog Collar

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

When I think of walking in a park I immediately think of birds and flowers and shades of green for grass and trees. This repurposed trinket dish combines a green bird and vintage floral tea cup in shades of pink, both reminiscent of things and colors you might see while walking in a park.

Bird Theme Trinket Dish

Rita Szollosi  from RitzySelection says:

In the most beautiful parks there is always a fishpond! In this small fishpond, an orphaned fish floats. But do not be sorry little fish, soon the other fish will come!

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Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I love to walk in the park when Spring is blooming. Beautiful flowers and bright colors all over. Here is my newest tag set that reminds me of Spring flowers in the park that are so special to see when you take a walk.

the BEST ever / BFF / Mom / Gift Tag Set

Fall’s Must-Have Home Decor Trends: 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 – 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 Fall’s Must-Have Home Decor Trends article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Old-School Glassware, Statement Wallpaper, Stained Glass, Asymmetrical Wreaths, Stylized Seating, Cabin Fever and 2018 Prediction: Wabi-Sabi. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Stained Glass

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

Fall is the perfect time to feed the birds and decorate your garden and yard! Repurposed vintage glassware make unique bird feeders. This emerald green glass vintage cup and saucer is a colorful bird feeder and decorative accent, use it indoors to hold potpourri or a flame less candle too!

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Mairi from mairidesign says:

Harvest time simply must have pumpkins and this one doesn’t need carving. Being made of stained glass, this pumpkin candle holder, fits perfectly into this season’s home decor trends and, with its autumnal theme and colours, is perfect for Cabin Fever to add a warm glow to a cozy, log cabin, weekend getaway. Snuggle up with some mulled wine, an open fire and enjoy doing nothing but being thankful for what you have.

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Cabin Fever

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

I started making fabric pumpkins with the 3rd thru 5th graders last year as a sewing project in the after school kids club I volunteer for. The group has ages 4 years to 5th grade and the older kids asked for something that they could craft that wasn’t just a little kids craft. So I thought I would teach them some sewing. This was their 1st sewing project last year and was a big hit. Then I decided to make them for sale. Starting with ones for Halloween then some for Fall / Thanksgiving. They have been popular and seem to be a big hit. I feel his would fall under cabin fever. Something nice to have in your cabin to make you feel at home when you are stuck in a storm.

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Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Pumpkins are always a symbol of Autumn and it’s great to see them around everywhere you look. They are great for the entire season from September all the way to November and this little pillow is great to put in a favorite chair to remind everyone that Fall is here to enjoy!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Fall’s Must-Have Home Decor Trends board!

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

The Top Home Decor Trends For 2017: 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 – 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 The Top Home Decor Trends for 2017 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Jewelry-Inspired Lighting, The Return Of Terrazzo, Luxury Wellness, Handblown Glass, & Arches And Ovals. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

Jewelry-Inspired Lighting

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

My shop features one of a kind repurposed home and garden decor items, great for indoors and out. This unique hanging candle holder features a repurposed ceramic holder and upcycled jewelry accents. An interesting decorative accent for your home or garden!

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Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Candle decor ideas for the house- take simple candle and transform it in the a bejeweled gift.

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Handblown Glass

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

This is a hand blown glass wonderful rainbow dish. The colors are vibrant – let it shine! You can display it on a shelf or in a curio cabinet.

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Arches And Ovals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I have lots of ovals in my shop from jewellery through to home decor, such as this handmade ceramic bowl! Being fired to stoneware temperature it is suitable for the oven, microwave and dishwasher making it ideal for oven to table service.

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If you are on Pinterest here is the The Top Home Decor Trends for 2017 board!

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

No Tricks, Just Treats

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Here comes my FAVORITE holiday! (Yes I know I’m strange!) But I do enjoy it when all the little ghouls and goblins roam the streets in search of candy. We wanted to know what our teamies love about Halloween (and what they offer); here’s what they have to say about how they celebrate this special, spooky day!

Gari Anne from beadloverskorner says

I love Halloween too! Love all the creepy decorations, costumes, etc.

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Zombie Necklace Horror Jewelry Walking Dead Inspired

Susan McCarthy from WellDressedCupcakes says

These vintage  Halloween cupcake wrappers are perfect for your treats.

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Vintage Halloween Cupcake Wrappers

I love it to see the kids dress up and search for candy not so much all the gory stuff though.

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Halloween Over The Collar Dog Bandana, Halloween Pet Neck Wear, Halloween Pet Clothing, Orange and Black Dog Bandana

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew says

Love this cute day of the dead pups fabric…

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Cross body bag , Dog hipster bag, Dog handbag, Dog zipper bag, Cross body purse, Day of the Dead Pup bag

Halloween is my favorite holiday! This skull necklace would be perfect for Halloween or Dias de los Muertos!

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Skull Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Gothic Jewelry, Halloween Jewelry, Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead Jewelry, Skull Jewelry

A special mug for your special Halloween ‘Brew’…

Halloween is NOT just about getting candy.

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Mugs Cups Halloween Trick or Treat Hand Painted by ME Unique One of a Kind Awesome Gift Idea Holiday Decor Halloween Decor Kitchen Decor

Jump into fall with our spooky witch hat wine cork reindeer’s! We can also make you a whimsical cork moose featuring these handmade ribbon bows and bewitching hat.

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SPOOKY Halloween Wine Craft, DIY Whimsical Cork Reindeer, Wine Craft Kit, Witch Hat Reindeer, Fall Home Decor, Halloween Wine Party, Gift

YOKO from yokojewelry says

I love Halloween because you can enjoy unique outfit official :p
Here is little ghost for your 9-5 style!

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Halloween earrings, Ghost stud earrings, Gold studs, Raw brass studs, Color resistant, Hypoallergenic ear post, Unique gift

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

Trick or treat time! I just love pumpkins so I chose a pumpkin cookie jar. Store candy or cookies in this treat pumpkin jar.

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Vintage Clear Glass Pumpkin Cookie Jar Halloween Candy Jar Vintage 1980’s Holiday Cookie Jar Thanksgiving Fall Decor Jar Home Decor Gift

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

Trick or Treat! Our digital download quilt pattern features cute animals who are all dressed up for Halloween. Stock up on candy- they might be coming to your house!

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Halloween animals trick or treat applique PDF quilt pattern; whimsical skeleton or vampire or superhero or witch kid’s quilt pattern

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love decorating my house, inside and out, for Halloween! This colorful Halloween ornament features repurposed jewelry in orange and black and a cute black cat!

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Black Cat Ornament, Repurposed Orange Black Ornament, Upcycled Sun Catcher, Hanging Garden Art, Beaded Window Charm, Halloween Decoration

Olena from Rainbowsmileshop says

My favorites!

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Halloween Decor Cute Halloween ornament Halloween party favor Spooky Cute Felt Toy Ornaments Halloween Decorations

Kristen from KestrelCollection says

Halloween is my favorite holiday too. My Mad Max Fury Road inspired earrings are great for a fan of the film but also perfect for the spooky season.

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Mad Max Inspired Earrings- What a Lovely Day! One of a Kind- Steampunk

Many thanks to all who shared, and happy Halloween!

Until next time,

Sheila