According to the Chinese astrological calendar, each year is related to an animal. February 16th, 2018 marked the beginning of the Earth Dog Year.
Were you born in a Dog Year? Here are a few more: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and the next will be in 2030. Sorry, that doesn’t mean you get to count your age in dog years, but it does mean that your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9 and your lucky colors are red, green and purple.
You share good fortune with these famous dogs: Justin Bieber (a wood dog – 1994); Michael Jackson (an earth dog, 1958), Steven Spielberg (a fire dog, 1946); Elvis Presley (a wood dog, 1935); and Mother Theresa (a gold dog 1910).
From Quilts and Pillow Panels to bookmarks and decorations, the EtsyCIJ team offers loads of lucky items to celebrate the Chinese New Year and our Earth Dog friends. Feeling retro? Check out the pottery dog dish or read through a vintage Ken-L-Ration booklet. Have a look at some of these great finds.
The lace decor dog’s paw initially was sold as a Christmas tree decor. But after the season was over, my clients still kept buying them. I asked what for and turned out that this paw looked beautiful hung on the rear-view mirror of the clients’ cars.
Year of the Dog. My Dog Bookmark is great for this as it is earthy in color and has the red Fire Hydrant. A fun way to mark your page in the book you are reading.
As someone who is “owned” by two collies, I have always found stories of their loyalty and humor intriguing and heartwarming. You may remember this wonderful book from your own childhood and if not, it’s time to get reacquainted.
This is a pillow for those who have a border collie. It makes a nice statement on your sofa or bed. The Year of the Dog is a chance to show how important these dedicated creatures are in our lives.
Perfect gift for a dog lover or to use as a decorative prop. Helpful hints, dog care advice, kitschy drawings – 31 pages of fun!
I paint portraits of dogs to order and in my shop, you can find a lot of different breeds of dogs. But especially to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog, I prepared these small, hand-painted home decorations with dogs. Of course, ten want to present Pekingese. If you don’t find your favorite breed in my shop, you can order the similar decoration with your pet.
This sewing panel can be used as pillows, a wall hanging, a tote bag front, and much more. Dog lovers love to show off their pets and show them love so the Year of the Dog is right up their alley!
Cherish your Fur baby –
Dog memory gifts will put peace in our hearts.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It has been proven that working with animals is beneficial for coping skills! This post will deal with a special kind of animal, farm animals! Let’s get past counting the sheep, watching Wilbur and Charlotte become friends, and singing about Old McDonald and check out some neat farm animals grazing around the shops of members of the Etsy Christmas in July team.
This is my favorite subject. I could add half of my shop here but I chose the oil painting of a horse portrait. Horses are my favorite animals and I also like the atmosphere of the farm. Many people love horses and I’m a horse lover too. The horse’s portrait looks good in the official interior as well as in a small corner of shabby chic style. The oil technique is noble and the image is impressive. In my shop, you can order a framed picture ready to hang on the wall.
I paint portraits of horses on order from photos so if you want to order a portrait of your favorite horse or another animal, send me your photos by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love horses and your Palomino oil painting, but I am afraid to ride them. My first try was traumatic for me.
I will stick to other farm animals, such as this sweet shelf-sitter cow that my dad made and painted before his passing. I spent one summer teaching him to decorative paint. He took my lessons and ran with them. My dad was a master carpenter by trade but was gifted with other capabilities such as playing the piano, knitting, square dance calling, woodworking, and then decorative painting. He went to craft shows with my mom to sell his ware and was very successful.
Love this SWEET cow.
I was fortunate enough to take a vacation to Ireland about 7 years ago. The landscape was beautiful and we saw many historical and natural sites. Along the way we saw sheep…not a few sheep…easily thousands of sheep along our journey around the southern half of Ireland. It was winter so they all had full puffy woollen coats. I feel in love with them. So cute! This little fella was inspired by my trip.
Sharon & Susan from Ms P Designs USA were raised on our family farm in Montana, and we have many happy memories. We were inspired by by those happy times to create our “Down on the Farm” quilt pattern, which features all of our animal friends from the farm, plus a couple extra animals that we’d like to have known!
Have you ever been driving down those back country roads and pulled over to stretch your legs and while there caught a glimpse of a mama pig with her little baby pig?
Well, while taking my son back to school down south from the Christmas break we saw the cutest baby pig that looked like it was newly born standing next to it’s mama. Pigs are so cute when they’re little and running around the farm squealing at the top of their lungs.
I’m going to miss those long country back road drives because my son will graduate after the 2018 fall semester!
On the farm you will find ducks and lambs. Here are some cute buttons for crafting that will add a bit of the farm to your project.
Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
I am a big lover of nature and know I am not alone in that. I love being among the trees and seeing all the colors, smelling the smells and hearing all the little peeps of nature.
I know I use a lot of color combinations and ideas from nature in my works, so that you can have nature with you all the time.
What do you have in your shop that brings nature into your home?
Cindy from Cynhumphrey says I love to bring nature inside! Here is an item from my shop that led me to our woods to find some broken branches. I also used nut shells for the flowers, which is another nature item. Pair these with fake floral flowers and a silk butterfly to give it just a splash of color and you have a beautiful centerpiece!
Nancy from EponasCrystals states we live in the country and always have an abundance of wild life crossing through our yard. My husband puts out sunflower seeds for the birds and we have squirrels, turkeys, deer, possums and raccoons come to eat as well. Here are some flying bird earrings to remind you of “nesting with nature”.
Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says I captured this photograph during a relaxing and peaceful hike along the Cornish Trail that parallels the Hudson River. Scattered along the trail are old ruins of a once thriving estate. The old well has turned into a home for turtles and frogs. Brick chimneys and stone walls are all that remain of the buildings.
Cristal from DesignsbyCristal said while my allergies sometimes get in the way of my venturing outside during the blooming season I still love the spring flowers! The colors are bright, bold and smell so good! One of my favorite flowers are daisies!
Przemila from CanisArtStudio states in my shop, there are many items that show nature because I paint pet portraits and wildlife animals. But today I chose the miniature painted clock with cardinal songbirds, which will be the original Christmas decoration. In my shop is available a series of painted clocks with different birds. You can also order a custom clock with your favorite bird or pet.
Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said I love nature, natural things, and being outside! For my Etsy shop I enjoy taking photos and incorporating natural items, flowers, rocks, shells, leaves, or just an outdoor backdrop into my item photos!
Sometimes I match the colors or exact flowers as in this handmade necklace photo to what is in my handmade and vintage items.
This necklace is pink rhodochrosite, rose quartz, and the pretty dogwood tree flowers match the sterling silver flower in my necklace design!
Aska from PaintingsGallery states I work from my airy studio from where I can look outside into the distance and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains and sea.I gain inspiration from nature colours & all the beauty in the ever-changing landscape which I want to capture in my canvases and share it with you. The beauty of the Island of Mull is my main subject. The island has been my home since 11 years now and still, there is so much to discover.
Susan and Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA says our quilt patterns are inspired by nature! This nursery quilt features animals who live in the forests and woodlands in Montana, where we grew up. I had such fun making the animals, as they each have a whimsical touch.
Alicia from MemaAntiques said my husband and I love wildlife. We live in an area where you see all sorts of birds and water fowl. It is nothing to see and alligator walking down the sidewalks where we live at.
Elisabeth from LizPOriginals states I love to be in nature and get always inspired with all the colors and textures there. Here is a nature inspired pair of earrings where the frosted leafs remind me of fall and the first frost.
Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler says I love hiking and being outside. In the summer and fall we go to the Rocky Mountains to escape the desert heat and see the wildlife. Last year we went to Jasper, Canada. one of my favorite places. As we were driving there, we spotted a mother black bear and her 3 cubs. What a treat! I took their picture and was later inspired to make this necklace because of them.
Let us journey into a world of mythical creatures! Creep into the depths of your imagination and check out these examples on display in some Etsy shops. Many wonder and have questions as to whether some mythical creatures are real. One thing I can guarantee is that whether you believe or not, some talented people have been able to depict them in amazing and fun ways! Whether it be unicorns, dragons, mermaids, garden fairies or a phoenix, young and old alike are familiar with some sort of mythical creature. Here’s what I’m talking about.
Mermaids are the stuff of legends! Many ancient cultures’ folklore included tales of part-human & part-fish creatures, some who were good, and others who caused trouble for the humans who were unfortunate enough to encounter them.
Our little mermaid is a good creature. She has beautiful flowing hair, and a lovely singing voice. You might just hear her song, if you listen very closely.
Our cute little gnomes make everyone believe in the magic of Christmas and the joy of gift giving. SLS team member Ruby had fun designing this card, which is one of our most popular. Ruby drew inspiration from a childhood growing up exploring the woods and creek behind her home, peeking under rocks for elves and under ferns for magical gnomes.
In addition to the personalized gifts we create in our Etsy shop, we also create beautiful glass artwork on commission for any design you can imagine using any size or type of glass or mirror for any application or installation. Contact us for a free estimate for any idea you have in mind.
Eye of the dragon. It looks a little scary, but it’s a mythical creature and should impress. I plan to develop this topic in my store and offer more on this subject soon.
Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings
There are so many types of fun things to do as a family. You could go on vacation together, stay home and play games and so much more.
What do you have in your shop that revolves around family fun?
Susan-Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA said family fun! My kids always liked to go to the park to play, maybe with some friends. We’d play ball, skate, have a picnic, go for a swim, and just enjoy spending precious time together.
This quilt pattern features a variety of dogs (who are part of the family!), having fun at the park!
Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit state we like to say, “If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right!” Have fun using this personalized chess set and then store conveniently when not in use. We specialize in providing unique personalized gifts and our shop wouldn’t be complete without a little thought provoking fun. We offer our personalized chess set engraved with choice of text in any font we have available and also offer additional gift services including gift wrap and gift cards for shipping your gift directly to your recipient. We hope you have fun this holiday season!
Bibi from hippie2happy says women in my family love to smell good, look good and feel good and that includes their feet. So I created a foot scrub using natural ingredients for dry, parched feet that offers hydration and protection while scrubbing dead cells away. They now are happy with their soft smooth feet and I’m happy knowing my product works. They’re always ordering refills!
We often hear about chic clothing, chic ladies, and chic decorating. Seldom do we bring that down to a child’s level though. That is exactly what we’re going to do here at Christmas in July for this post.
According to the dictionary, the meaning of the word chic is fashionable style. What child does not have their own fashionable style? This is something that allows the child to show the world that they are an individual and this is what makes them happy.
I think the most important thing about being chic is not that it has to be elegant, but rather that it is remembered. It’s something stylish that the child likes. It could pertain to clothing, accessories and even decor. It doesn’t have to be strictly for the females either!
The members of Christmas in July know how to show off chic items for children! Here are a few treasures on display in some of our talented shops.
What could be chicer than my handmade and hand painted kids’ wall art? Girl Power…DIVA…I’m not Spoiled. I’m a Princess…
Children love Tweety bird. I do too! This is a great pillow for a child’s room decor.
Cute vintage looking Felt Christmas stocking for the children as well as adults. Also crocheted animal ornaments that kids will enjoy playing with or putting on the Christmas Tree.
Little girls will be excited to wear this chic bracelet with zoo animal beads and then have fun collecting and adding new beads to it. Just like adult charm bead bracelets, this children’s bracelet can be easily changed. The locker bead makes the bracelet adjustable as new beads are added or as the little girl grows.
A simple design dressed up with a vintage bead, this hat is perfect for the little girl who is subtle in her fashion statements.
Little girls red and green chic Christmas necklace. Perfect accessory for Christmas time!
Little girls love all things chic, pink, and sparkly! Girls love to dress in pretty, frilly dresses, and twirl around pretending to be ballerinas. For bed time, this very feminine and chic quilt is the perfect place for a little girl to snuggle up and be cozy as she sleeps.
Check out this super-girly and super-chic ballet dancer quilt pattern!
Little girls love hats. So, I sometimes make little hats for my shop or markets. That is always so much fun for me. This beautiful beige baby/toddler hat is a perfect accessory for any little girl. It has three hat bands for change. The hat bands are removable so it is possible to move the bow or flower into the correct position. Also the “bare” hat can be adorned with your own designs. It’s also possible to use the hat bands as head bands.
A bit of baby chic. My hairdresser was having a baby and as she had a huge dog she loved, I made her a bib with a cute appliqued dog on the front. She loved it and I loved making it so I made some for the shop. I love the process of seeing the faces get character as they are sewn. This one features a sweet brown bear face and is perfect for either a boy or a girl.
Our Starry Night Sky wall art series makes for chic girls and boys room decor, and this Shine Bright Printable is one of our best sellers. Inspired by our frequent night dog walks, sitting in open fields gazing at meteor showers, and memories of glow-in-the-dark star decals on childhood ceilings, every twinkle and every inch of our Night Sky background was hand designed. SLS’s Shine Bright is offered as printed or printable art.
A few years ago I was asked to make a dress for a little girl that matched the dress of her favorite vintage doll. This was so fun to make and the little girl was so happy to be dressed up like her doll!
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!
I love Halloween too! Love all the creepy decorations, costumes, etc.
These vintage Halloween cupcake wrappers are perfect for your treats.
I love it to see the kids dress up and search for candy not so much all the gory stuff though.
Love this cute day of the dead pups fabric…
Halloween is my favorite holiday! This skull necklace would be perfect for Halloween or Dias de los Muertos!
A special mug for your special Halloween ‘Brew’…
Halloween is NOT just about getting candy.
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.
I love Halloween because you can enjoy unique outfit official :p
Here is little ghost for your 9-5 style!
Trick or treat time! I just love pumpkins so I chose a pumpkin cookie jar. Store candy or cookies in this treat pumpkin jar.
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!
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!
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.
Many thanks to all who shared, and happy Halloween!
Until next time,