Dream Kitchen

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Dream Kitchen

I love this topic! I have many dream kitchen scenarios in my head and in the course of adulthood have had the pleasure of making some of those dreams reality. Right now my kitchen is a dreamy retro cafe with vintage radio and soda bottle collections, restaurant booths and even a Coca-Cola vending machine in the nearly dining room.

To many the words DREAM KITCHEN means with all the bells and whistles – new appliances, granite countertops, plenty of storage space. To others this could mean just the perfect combination of space, themed decor and a breakfast nook to enjoy their mornings. What kind of dream kitchen do you envision or have you seen/visited over the years? We’d love to see your accompanying items and hear your stories.

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

Well, I hate to cook, LOL! My idea of a Dream Kitchen or pretty one is a theme in pretty colors and of course a big enough one to eat in and decorate, LOL! So, for now how about a cheerful blue and white kitchen with an Asian theme and Oriental flare!

On shelves above you can have Asian style artsy items in blue and white, maybe a wall hanging embroidered with the gorgeous Japanese style gardens that I have seen! Doors leading outside to a small Japanese themed herb garden with little stone pagodas and such!

The table which is the center of most kitchens in many cultures can be set with bamboo place mats and a Chinese or Japanese fancy ginger jar or two, along with some bonsai trees and Oriental style flower arrangements! Then, set the table for tea with a pretty Asian teapot like mine I have posted below, matching tea cups, and have a relaxing time with friends having Asian cuisine and tea!

Domo arigatou gozaimasu! (Thank You very much, in Japanese!)

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Asian Hexagonal Vintage Teapot

Leila Blakely from LasLovelies says

I almost had a dream kitchen. I loved my re-wired 20’s stove and oven on legs. I was able to feed my cats under there. Ha! Loved it. I even had the old-time refrigerator with the motor up on the top.
I decorated the tops of my cupboards with Hills Brothers Coffee Tins and every nook and cranny with Royal or Schilling Tins along with my red and white Hall Pottery collection. I added the red and white gingham curtains with white ruffles and black ribbon. Perfectly cute. Now I want to have a farmer sink and porcelain drain cupboards. I really don’t care if I have a dishwasher since the only thing that fits in them are plates which are the easiest items to wash. My coffee cups don’t even fit.

As I mentioned before my tastes are changing but I still like the black, white and red accents. This is a fabulous decorator piece. It would look good in a modern, farm-house chic or even a retro kitchen. I’m sure someone would love to decorate with this nostalgic, workable food scale. Whether it’s in a grouping with other items such as fruit, flowers or utensils it will be sure to capture one’s eye. It is beautiful, intricate and in fine vintage condition.

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Vintage Retro Scale

After we made the last college tuition payment for our son, I was fortunate to be able to remodel our dated kitchen! We now have gorgeous cherry cabinets, quartz counters and, my favorite feature, a Grohe “touch less” faucet!
The contractor even honored my wish for a “curio” cabinet at one end of the island! It came out fantastic with wood shelving and glass doors. I enjoy displaying some of our Shop items inside. My daughter and I love finding retro (and kitschy) kitchen items, here is a cute trivet we found in Shipshewanna, Indiana.
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Metal Trivet

Linda from LazyYVintage says

We are now just finishing a kitchen remodel. It is kind of a farmhouse style with white brick walls and hickory cabinets. Just some trimming out and hanging my wall decorations back up and Jim is done.

But I love to cook and bake. So my favorite part of the new kitchen is a yellow painted peg board to hang up my cooking tools. Wire whisks, spatulas, ice cream scoops, tongs, etc. Julia Childs always have a peg board that her husband would put up where ever they lived in the world. I couldn’t wait for that piece to be done in my new yellow, green, and pine cone brown kitchen.

And, these are my new old everyday dishes. It was a big set of a service of 16, so some have made there way into the shop.

Vintage cotillion cups and saucers set of four

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

Love these cheerful items above! Really my dream kitchen is one that’s inviting and accommodates a lot of people. My kitchen right now is warm and inviting and our family loves it. The one thing that drives me crazy though is that our kitchen sink is right next to the back door, which is the door that everyone uses. So my dirty dishes are the first thing that people see!! When I win the lottery I’m definitely remodeling that!! Still, it seems the kitchen is the happiest place in our home!
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Printable Sign

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

Aahh – a dream kitchen! For me kitchens are about creating food – and food is about sharing with family and friends! These intimate dishes epitomize sharing – salt, pepper, dukkah, even candles! Enjoy
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Salt & Pepper Cellars

Carrie from TheMarchingBee says

My dream kitchen would be centered around drinks and fun. I would have a very nice hot drinks bar where I can make all sorts of versions of coffee and tea. I would have an espresso machine, french press, electric kettle, and of course a way to brew a big pot of coffee. I want a wide selection of teas, from simple black teas to herbal remedies. Although I’m not a big alcohol drinker, I still would love to have a small alcohol bar as well. I want wines for special occasions and a couple of nice bottles of whiskey for my husband to have a glass now and then. My center bar would also have comfortable bar chairs for sitting to play board and card games with guests. The decor would reflect my family’s nerd love, fun and playful. My kitchen is very large, and I’m happy to say that we are well on our way to making this dream happen!
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Travel Coffee Mug Cozy

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

We offer a variety of gifts for kitchen and entertaining, but nothing is more of a dream for preparing and serving than our personalized bruschetta set. We personalize one side of the board and you can turn it over to reveal a bread knife and bread board perfect for preparing bruschetta. Set even includes three ceramic dishes for self-serve appetizers in style!

@DesignstheLimit we offer a wide variety of quality products as a canvas for our artistic personalization. We also offer an ever-expanding number of professional services including gift cards, engraved gift messaging on the underside of the board, and everything you need from graphic design to gift wrap to bring your ideas to your doorstep!

Personalized Bruschetta Bread Board Set including Ceramic Bowls and Bread Knife Engraved with Family Monogram Design Options

Bruschetta Bread Board

Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

I love all your dream kitchen ideas and your items.I would like to visit your dream kitchens, have a bite to eat, something nice to drink and warm company ,thanks everyone! It’ll be in the blog form soon.

I think if I had an extra kitchen (because I love my chickens and roosters in the main cooking part of the present one) I think I would decorate with owls, this black and white one would be useful.. the counter-tops could be black marble and the back splashes white marble.

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Wooden Owl Paper Towel Holder

The Secret Gardener

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

The Secret Gardener

Spring, flowers and planting/garden time.. will be here before we know it! Of all the seasons I think Spring is my favorite, the new flowers and grass – the birds singing in the trees, but planting and gardening can go on year round.

What kind of idea’s – gifts for others or yourself – does this topic bring to mind? It can be indoor gardening as well.

Practical, whimsical, down and dirty (in the dirt planting), or garden design, while wearing your favorite white outfit? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see your items.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 Here in Michigan, spring is a welcome season! We have many gardens and a fish pond in our yard to enjoy. I can’t wait for the bulbs to bloom, signaling the end of winter.

A fairy garden in my kitchen window brings a pop of green to our dreary landscape. We have many tiny items in our Shop that are perfectly sized for fairy gardens.

This little bird bath is one of them:

Birdbath Dollhouse Miniature Fountain Toy "Plasco" Cherub with Fish Fairy Garden Art Vintage 40s Collectible Doll Patio Decor Bird Bath Gift

Birdhouse Dollhouse Miniature Fountain

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

 Spring is a noisy time of the year in our garden. The birds are competing for mates, building nests, and raising babies. The bees are buzzing in the flowers, and the frogs are singing their croaking chorus in the evening. We love to sit outdoors in the cool evening, enjoying the sights and sounds of Nature!

Our downloadable quilt block pattern features a little frog who isn’t quite sure whether the bumblebee is tasty or dangerous. This would be a fun decoration for a kitchen towel, mug rug, or spring wall hanging.

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Frog PDF Quilt Pattern

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says

 Secret Garden

I love the spring season in my garden, when all plants grow up and every day we discover something new.
This year will be the third year in which I will be working intensively on a vegetable garden to provide ourselves with the whole year.
I look forward to do this.
I spend much time in my garden, and love to protect myself with one of my Sun Hats.

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Summer hat-Garden Hat

Linda from LazyYVintage says

 I’m knee-deep in seed catalogs and writing in my garden journal. In addition to my vegetable garden, we plant Impatiens, vinca, geraniums, and other annuals in colorful and vintage pots. My perennial gardens are full of wildflowers that run the gamut of color and height. Butterfly gardens full of bergamot, sawtooth sunflower, shooting stars, turk cap lilies, day lilies, Easter lilies, bearded iris, and on and on.

Gardening to me is about feeding us and creating a beautiful peaceful place to relax and reconnect with yourself and your spiritual guide.

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Garden Decor Sap Bucket

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 My mother was an award-winning rose gardener. The photo below was taken in her garden a year before she passed away. I’ve always wanted to grow the abundant, fragrant and colorful roses she tended in our garden growing up. I have given in to the fact that mine will never be like hers! Not enough time and too many garden animals. I want to devote more time to an edible garden. We have gorgeous wild roses growing in our garden, along with a good amount of other forest greenery that provide food for wild animals. I’m hoping that will be enough to distract them from eating the edible garden for MY table. Even with fences, though, I’m not too confident. With more than a foot of snow on the ground now in February, the deer and rabbits and fox and woodchucks will be hungry this spring.
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Pink Rose Photograph

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says

 Unfortunately I have no garden, since l live in a building.

But, as l love gardening anyway, each one of the four balconies of my home is full of plants.

On the kitchen balcony l have aromatic plants, herbs, used for cooking and seasoning: basil, peppermint, parsley, rosemary, and so on.

On the other ones, a wonderful hibiscus and many succulents, as in South Italy there is always enough sun for them, even in winter.

So, to celebrate mine passion and the next spring coming, l created a wreath, completely dedicated to gardening lovers.
Hope you enjoy it!

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Gardener Wreath

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says

 I adore the small spring bulbs, whether growing wild, in a garden, or even in a window-box. Snowdrops and crocuses bring such a joyful splash of colour after the dark monochrome of winter.

By creating flowers from felt I allow small reminders of that joyful moment to be kept through the year.

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Felt Flowers Snowdrops Purse

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium says

 I love springtime! Everything is fresh and new. I like the green grass and trees and all the colorful flowers…and they always look the prettiest against the blue skies of a Oklahoma day. Sadly, my nose and eyes don’t share in this enjoyment! So I celebrate springtime inside.

We made this whimsical floral pillow cover with spring in mind. The pink and yellow flowers are just so “happy”. Our pillow cover would fit perfectly in just about any home decor setting.

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Whimsical Floral Pillow Cover

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says

 Here in Orlando, the seasons are not as defined by weather as they are in other parts of the country. You have to depend on decor to help your mind get into the spirit of the season. I created this hand embroidered Spring ornament to celebrate the flowers and birds that best represent Spring.
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Spring Hand Embroidered Pillow Ornament

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 Whether you love to garden indoors or out, this adorable little water spike will help out with the amount of water needed in your house plants! We love collecting these little critters and have found them in lots of different shapes. This little guy is just in time for Easter and Spring – an adorable bunny rabbit who would like to help with your watering instead of eating your plants!
Ceramic Bunny Rabbit Watering Soaker House Plants Spike - Plant Irrigation - Gardening - Hand Painted Lil Squirt Watering Spike - Gift

Ceramic Bunny Water Soaker

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

I really love Spring with its promise of new life both in the plant world and in the animal kingdom!

It is such a joy to see all of the beautiful and colorful flowers growing and the leaves coming back on the trees!

Gardening indoors and out is one of my favorite things to do and I enjoy planting all manner of flowers, veggies, and small ornamental trees!

It refreshes your spirit, is good exercise, and beautifies your surroundings.

Outside of a small apartment out in the country, in Lancaster, MA, I had 3 gardens which were all different color schemes!

My neighbors loved them and my pots of pansies, golden chain and weeping Japanese ornamental trees!

I used to do experiments with growing and pollinating, and even had a corn-stalk in the house!

One garden was all peach and white, another purples and blues, and the third was red, orange, and yellow.

It was so much fun planting unique varieties of roses, tulips, irises, lilies, hyacinths, phlox, Alaskan poppies, and lots more with various natural stone garden decorations!

It is definitely something I look forward to through the long Winters in the Northeast!

Happy Gardening!

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Gardening Angel Brooch

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 Thank you everyone for your wonderful submissions! I love them all.

To me outside gardening is more for my husband but I love flowers, colors and all things springtime. I made outdoor birdhouses this month, of course, with owl lady owls hand painted on them.

Springtime and gardens are so lovely! When I worked at a local college back in my teaching days, I would visit the student gardens and spend my breaks they’re walking amidst the blooms.

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Outdoor Spring Owls Theme Birdhouse


One Of A Kind – OOAK

Contributor post by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Doesn’t it feel great to make or find a unique item and list it as OOAK, one of a kind, knowing your shop – exclusively – carries that particular item?

I love to paint OOAK owls and create one of a kind Halloween wreaths! It’s the best part of creativity, letting your imagination and materials flow into something uniquely handcrafted.

Sometimes it’s a vintage item you find – it surely must have been made years ago by a craftsman and is truly one of a kind! Tell us your thoughts about it.

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Our OOAK one of a kind item – Owl Jewelry Board
My husband Jerry and I have designed and made unique items for many years. At times we get an idea, sketch it out and he will square up the edges so to speak – and create a marvelous item.
The following owl jewelry board he did on his own! I selected the fabric for the insert only, the rest was his excellent ingenuity and professional craftsman skills.

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Owl Jewelry Board

Leila Blakelyfrom LasLovelies says

I’m sure I have quite a few items that are OOAK (even though I forget what the abbreviation stands for most of the time – Ha!) not that they were one of a kind at the time they were manufactured, but over time have become very rare. This piece is because, back in the 80’s, I collected tins that were of red, black and white in color to go with the my kitchen decor.

I had quite a few Hills Bros. and Schilling articles to display.
Over the past 15 years or so I have been selling my pieces to collectors and now this is my final piece that I am selling in my Etsy Shop. Sentimental? Maybe. After all it is my last tin.

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Rare Hill Bros Coffee Tin

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

One of a kind!

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Peruvian Placemats

These Peruvian Placemats are Unique. They are handcrafted and hand painted. Each one is different with a mask in the center. I believe even the paper is handcrafted. The colors and geometric designs are fabulous. There are actually 5 but 1 is a bit tattered. A Flea Market Find!!

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

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Caravan trailer bag

Definitely OOAK is this caravan bag. When I saw this fabric advertising takeaways my quirky brain immediately thought ‘handbag’ naturally. I just had to add sauce bottles and a hamburger to the serving windows!

Arek from ARPELC says


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Tourmalin Ring in 14k gold

One of a kind tourmaline ring handrafted by me in 14k gold. Delicate, marquise shape ring with natural gemstone and tiny heart in the back.

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says 

I design and sew each of my items. Almost all are OOAK because I may be working with a small amount of the fabric and also because it is difficult to make another item exactly the same.
One of my favourite expressions is that ‘the fabric talks to me’. I find myself getting side-tracked regularly as I browse my (extensive!) fabric and trim stash. I often sketch a design and write some notes, then slip it into a piece of fabric with the trims so I can walk away and stay focused on the project my sewing table! This small tote bag remains a favourite of mine from my range of OOAK handmade fabric gifts. It is an original design made from gifted and gathered vintage fabrics and trims

Tote Bag Handmade Vintage Cottage Chic Handbag by ArabellaBlossoms


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Handmade Cottage Chic Handbag

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique store—-I’d never seen a woman archer depicted in a skirt before! The logo is certainly OOAK!

Originally used by the University of Wisconsin Dairy in the early 50s.

I like the image of a healthy woman participating in sports:

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Archery Milk Bottle

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

I make handmade beaded jewelry and most of my items are One of a Kind although some I can make more depending on the availability of supplies.

I enjoy designing and making unique jewelry!

This bracelet is a cute, fun one for Halloween that I made to go with many Halloween costumes and the prevailing spooky colors in black, orange, green, and purple!

It is accented with a cute orange Carnelian gemstone bead and green Pearl made to look like a Fall pumpkin!

And, if you like the colors it can be worn anytime too!

I sold a similar one last year to a girl who just loved it for the holiday!

Happy Halloween and watch out for ghosts and goblins, LOL!

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Halloween Colors Fall Bracelet

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says

One of a Kind Artistic Jewelry is a unique specialty of mine. here I have the blue eyed lotus ring:

Human Eye Ring Blue Glass Sterling Silver Lotus Flower One of A Kind handmade Lisajoy Sachs Design size 7.75 Statement Birthday Cocktail

Human Eye Sterling Silver Lotus Flower Ring

This ring features an hand enameled human blue eye set in sterling silver. the Lotus flower is cut out of a sheet of sterling silver. it is a really fun piece a real “eye catching” ring…. Ha ha ha…

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals says

I knew when I found this cross that is would make a wonderful necklace! Green Chrysostom nuggets, peachy sun stone diamond shaped beads, and lavender amethyst round and oval beads are hand knotted with tea stained silk cord. One of a kind and sure to cherished for years to come.


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Cross Necklace Green Chrysoprase Sunstone

FrameYourStory from Frameyourstory says

Our one of a kind personalized plaque will warm the home or office.
We hand make personalized picture frames, plaques and crosses. Vickie handcrafts the work and paints, Nicole designs the graphics and together we are family. We are very proud to make each piece by hand and with love… from our family to yours. Thank you!

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Parent Nana Papa Plaque

Susan Barrett-wells from TagAlongToyZ says

I make children’s toys from plastic canvas..each one is unique and made to the customers specifications. this is a two floor gingerbread house that I completely designed myself for Christmas

gingerbread doll house

Gingerbread doll house

Artsy Lady from WeirdVanity says

My pet portrait necklaces i feel are OOAK! And thats because it’s customized to what individual pet owners prefer. I got the idea to make them when I made one with my dog’s portrait. I felt like this is something I could make for a lot of pet owners who want their pets to be immortalized on a pendant! Some of my customers are so clever that they have converted the pendants into refrigerator magnets- clever cookies right? I usually ask for the name of the pet and a little description so that I can customize the background and make it very very personal for the customer and in the process turn the necklace into ONE OF A KIND jewelry that no one else can own!

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Custom Pet Portraits

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says

I love making OOAK items, the more unique and special the item can be the better! I especially love making OOAK textile art dolls with my own designed patterns. I hand print, dye, stamp and draw patterns onto white cotton fabric, add numerous machine sewn and hand embroidered details for added interest and textures. then I use vintage button and metal findings for a final touch!





Happy Dog art doll

Happy Dog art doll

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

This OOAK necklace is unique because it is handmade and carved by me in my studio… what makes it extra special is the firing process: a saggar bonfire. This is a random process so that any pieces produced from this firing can never be repeated, so it is truly OOAK.

A saggar bonfire means the pendant is placed in a coffee tin full of organic material, such as seaweed, banana skins, cow dung, pine cones and sawdust. The tin is then placed in a bonfire for 3-4 hours.

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Hanmade Pendant Reversible Necklace Boho Smoke Fired Statement Jewelry Ceramic Fern


Dare To Be Different

Contributor post by Sheila from BeadyEyedBird

We asked our CIJ Teamies if they offered anything daring & different — and here’s what they shared with us.

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

My daughter and I found this figurine vase at an estate sale. Normally, I would not buy an outhouse to list in our Shop! But, I thought it was funny that the bear was surprising the man inside and suspected someone else might appreciate the humor. I spent hours on-line researching and trying to find out when and where it was made–with no luck. Then it hit me–the guy inside looked like Teddy Roosevelt in his Rough Rider days! Bingo! The vase was made in Germany during the 1920s–vintage political humor!


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Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said:

My pod pendant is definitely different + daring! It is my interpretation of a milkweed pod when it bursts open to release its seeds. It is a piece jewellery for a woman who isn’t afraid of bold statements and likes artisan work!


Pod pendant – fine silver, copper and jade, milkweed pod, handmade, one of a kind, nature inspired, bold, green, earth tones

Pam Maggio of PamsPawsJewelry said:

This necklace is a one of a kind handmade piece of jewelry made by me. The lovely large orange Carnelian and yellow Citrine faceted rondelle gemstone beads make it look elegant! But I also think the bright, cheerful colors accented by the Sterling Silver sun pendant and clasp look somewhat tribal!  The suns remind me of jewelry that the ancient Aztecs would have worn as they ascended the many steps of their stone temples to lead their tribe in worship ceremonies! There are also matching earrings in my shop with small Sterling Silver sun charms! This is definitely a statement piece for the woman looking for something unique and bright to give her outfit that special pop of color!


Carnelian and Citrine Necklace with Sterling Silver Sun Pendant, Orange Necklace, Carnelian Necklace, Summer Necklace, Bridal Gift

Melissa R from Missy69 said:

I think all my items are unique. Everyone is so creative. If you live in the USA, then you know this is an election year. So, some time back I decided to make a variety of red, white and blue items to show my patriotic side. This is an acrylic painting, with an eagle, all done in red, white and blue. Perfect for a boy’s room, nursery or playroom. It is on sale too!


Clearance Sale Custom Truck Acrylic Painting Abstract Red White and Blue with Bald Eagle Boys Room Nursery Patriotic Gift for Boys

Lisajoy Sachs from Saxdsign said:

 Oh how much fun! I kind of dare to be different with all my jewelry but this one sort of put me a little over the top. This is an anatomically correct bleeding human heart. The heart is made out of PMC and I used natural cut rubies in the ends of all the veins and arteries to make it look like blood. This is a really unique one of a kind piece of art.

Anatomical Heart Necklace Ruby 999 Fine Silver Recycled Silver One Of A Kind Handmade by Lisajoy Sachs PMC Metal Clay Valentines Day

ArtsyLady from WeirdVanity said:

My hand painted  glass jewelry is one of a kind. The designs are laid in very carefully and painstakingly. Takes hours to make but is very rewarding! Take a look:


Fall Halloween pumpkin eerie glass painted jewelry – handmade Halloween jewelry

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms said:

This fabric design is not one that I usually work with. However, with Halloween approaching it has been featured on my sewing table recently!

Halloween Travel Tissue Cases

Halloween Travel Tissue Cases

Many thanks to everyone for sharing these very cool items!

Until Next Time,


Member Feature: PamsPawsJewelry

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Pam of PamsPawsJewelry, our featured member!



Tell us about yourself.

I work in Healthcare caring for Seniors at home right now through an agency. Before the Recession hit I was in the Biotech industry in Quality Assurance and 2 Microbiology Labs.

I have always wanted to be more creative and have my own business! It is fun to learn and try new things which keeps me young!

I love helping others and adore animals of all kinds! I have 2 cats right now, Moses and Mirri, who model items in my shop sometimes!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I first started my shop in 2011 but did not know about teams and promoting so closed it.

I decided to really give it a go again in 2014 and have learned a lot!

Basically, the economy and wanting to work less and have financial help made me start it. I also wanted to have more time to be creative and make a lot of different items so started with handmade jewelry.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I love jewelry and so started to try to make quality, lasting jewelry from Sterling Silver, Gold Vermeil, and many different types of semi-precious gemstone beads.

After a while for variety, I added Vintage items to my shop. I try to find unique products which are in very good to excellent condition. I enjoy finding pretty items to save and that I hope will find good homes to be appreciated in again!

Then, I branched out a bit more with some handmade and hand sewn fabric items such as table runners.

I hope to also add other handmade items, especially some blankies and toys for pets!ppj1

What inspires your work?

A lot of my work is inspired by nature and natural things from the Earth!

I love the many gemstones that are found all over the world, genuine and real materials, and real metals such as Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass, and some Pewter, etc.

I also like other items that are either made from natural sources or depict nature, such as wood, ceramic, hand painted products, nature, animal, or botanical themed items!

It’s also enjoyable to be creative with my item photos with which I like to add flowers, stones, shells, and other natural props to enhance the pictures of my items.

This way, I believe, it gives shoppers a fun and enjoyable experience when they visit my shop, as if they were walking into a pretty and unique boutique!

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My dream is for the shop to grow and get sales each day like a regular business!

I also have goals to branch out with craft fairs and selling on other sites using my same brand name.

The real dream is to be able to be self-sufficient and not depend on companies for work.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

There are many jewelry businesses and I enjoy seeing what others make. Someone always makes or sells something that you either cannot make yourself or would not be able to find elsewhere.

So, I think my shop and others all have something unique for shoppers.

I try to make unique, quality jewelry and hope that it will stand out depending on what someone likes or is looking for!ppj2

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

No, I have a small apartment with limited space and mostly work from my table in living room where my computer is.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I had known that there is so much time involved with trying to sell online.

Also, I wish I had branched out from the beginning with different ways of trying to sell as it is very difficult to sell on any sites.

I have learned, too, that I must organize my time better and be sure to balance the promoting with time to learn new things, but most of all making time for being creative which is really what I want to do the most!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

You really have to think about selling  on more than just one site and finding all about this perhaps before jumping into it. There is a lot to learn and the promoting takes up most of the time.

On Etsy you really have to join a few teams to get advice, learn about Etsy and how things are done, and also get others to help you promote.

The best thing about Etsy is all of the nice people I have met on my teams from all around my country and the world!

It is important to be an honest and supportive person on Etsy and also in general if you wish to have a successful business as it takes a while for people to know that you are trustworthy!ppj3

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I used to but working and having my business takes up most of my time.

But, I like reading, walking, animals, nature, horseback riding, swimming, and being with friends hanging out, going out to eat, taking trips, watching movies, going to many different attractions such as museums, etc.

I love things that younger people like and enjoy people of all ages!

What is your favorite quote?

I love many and cannot think of one in particular.

Where can people find out more about your business?

Wanelo: pammaggio

Pinterest: maggio0847

Twitter: Critter249

Facebook: PamsPawsJewelry is a work in progress

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I try to get back to every customer and provide friendly, and the best customer service I can.


If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Housewarming Gifts

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Hello Everyone –

Housewarming gifts, we’ve all had to come up with one and we’ve all probably received one at some time – what do you think are the best gifts?

Scenario – A customer has been invited to the big party – their son has a new home and they’d like nothing better than to bring the very best Housewarming gift! You’ve been asked to create a Housewarming Gift as a unique and wonderful custom order.

Or – you’ve already got it listed in your shop! Whatever the case, please talk about and list your awesome housewarming gift items.

Housewarming Gift Idea – Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady:

I think this would be a good housewarming gift for my neighborhood in central California.

Warm colors and seasonal theme to liven up their wall or door.

Fall Decoration, Fall Wreath, Beautiful Autumn Wreath, Harvest Fall Decor, Autumn Wall Decor, Autumn Harvest Wreath, Thanksgiving Wreath

Autumn or Thanksgiving Wreath

Housewarming Gift Idea  – willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage:

This would be great in a retro kitchen!

Fill with nuts or candy, wrap in cellophane and pop on a bow!

The recipient can either unwrap and share or keep it sealed to enjoy later!

Chrome Divided Dish with Bakelite Red Ring Handle Mid Century Modern Serving Tray for Candy Nuts Snacks 50s Retro Decor Art Deco Gift

Chrome divided dish with Bakelite Red Handle

Viola–a perfect gift!

Housewarming Gift Idea – Linda from LazyYVintage:

All homes need a good crystal flower vase. In the original box or full of flowers.

Mikasa Reflections Vase Crystal Flower Vase Discontinued

Mikasa Reflections Vase

Housewarming Gift Idea – Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio:

Affordable and fun, our printable art makes great housewarming gifts, especially for those just starting out. This is what our home is all about: Song and dance turn any place into a lively home, and this sign makes it happen!

Printable Typography Wall Art SING in Shower DANCE in Kitchen Black White music dance teacher gift, digital kitchen bathroom apartment decor

Printable Wall Art

Housewarming Gift Idea – Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo:

Is there anything better to celebrate a housewarming than a wreath?

Seeing this twigs twist and falling in love with it was all in one!
I must have and decorate it with uncommon flowers!

Its base is made by woven twigs, where the rustic look of the twigs twist perfectly marries to the sophisticated flowers.

It’s a completely handmade home accent, that for sure cannot be unnoticed, a moment of pleasure at every glance.

Elegant unique fireplace wreath, made in Italy gorgeous wall decor, unique Italian welcome sign, Italian rustic elegant flower home accent

Elegant Italian Welcome Wreath

Housewarming Gift Idea- Richard and Tatianafrom DesignstheLimit:

Make a house into a home with personalization! Turn a gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience when you present your recipients with a gift that was designed for them. We can even ship your order directly to the recipients with gift wrap and including a gift card! Take the time to shop online and give an unexpected gift that will be appreciated and put to good use!

Couple's Monogram Personalized Bamboo Cutting Board & Ceramic Serving Platter Combo (13" Diameter)

Couple’s Monogrammed Cutting Board & Tray

We specialize in housewarming gifts with a number of cutting boards, serving trays, barware, and other home goods. We work with real-estate professionals and can include a company logo or personalized gift message on the bottom of many of our products so your thoughtfulness will always be remembered. When you have the opportunity to give a gift, make it personal! We offer our customers the option of choosing from our designs, submitting their own, or having us create an inspired design for any theme or occasion.

Housewarming Gift Idea – Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry:

Ok, the plates below are pretty vintage and kind of Edwardian or old fashioned.

They have poetry and flowers on them too which is unique!

They would make a nice gift for someone who loves these sort of items, poetry, floral dishes, etc.

There is a trend now that when you are invited or go to someone’s home you can bring a homemade treat such as cake, cupcakes, pastries, or other condiments wrapped up on pretty vintage plates!

Then when you leave you can leave your hostess with a nice gift of pretty plates rather than having also to worry about bringing the dishes home!

Dogwood Rose Noritake Plates The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Edith Holden 1906 Poetry Pink White Floral Dessert Dishes Vintage 1970s

Dogwood Rose Noritake Plates

Housewarming Gift Idea – Jennifer Allison from JenniferAllison:

I’m all about Christmas and what better time to have a house-warming fiesta? I would bring this sweetie…a little decor for the upcoming holiday and something vintage and homey.

Vintage Red Kitchen Scale w Pinecones & Holly

Vintage Red Kitchen Scale with Holiday Pinecones

Housewarming Gift Idea’s – Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns

I have coasters scattered through out my house, on the table, the arm chairs and bedside drawers – you can never have too many. I think they make a great house warming gift, something useful and a little piece of unobtrusive art as well!

Mountain coasters, fabric drink mats, fabric art, makeforgood, scenic day night, sunrise, sunset, blue grey coaster set, insulated mug rugs

Mountain Coasters

Housewarming Gift Idea’s –  Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns:

There is nothing better to make a house a home than sharing food with family and friends – and handmade tablewares make these celebrations even more special!!

Ceramic Bowl

Housewarming Gift Idea’s – Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady:

If the guest knows the hostesses’ design favorites (for example, owls) a paper towel holder might really make her day.

Owl Decoration, Owl Paper Towel Holder, Owl Kitchen Decor, Miss Muffin the Owl, Owl Gifts, Owl Decorations, Custom Owl Gifts, Cute Owl

Owl Paper Towel Holder

What lovely housewarming gift ideas, just wonderful! Thank you for posting your thoughts and Etsy items in the CIJ Housewarming Gifts thread.

Getting Organized, Making Room And Keeping Focused

Contributor post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

On Monday I was cleaning out yet another closet to store my shop’s bulletin boards. I then spent the rest of my day trying to space out free time between managing listings, team commitments, and handcrafting items.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you successfully manage all these important Etsy shop agendas.

Are your items small and fit into a 5 drawer cabinet? Or have you moved everything in your dining room to one side and made it your physical shop?
However you’re choosing to organize here’s your chance to tell the world (literally

Please share your organizational tips and tricks and don’t forget to include a photo of a shop item.

Helpful idea’s from Pam Maggio of PamsPawsJewelry:

Oh boy, this is a loaded thread and info. and opinions or advice can be very helpful to some of us struggling with storage and space issues!

Not to mention someone like me who is not organized because of my work schedule and that I have a hard time with it

I have always lived in small apartments and clutter can be a way of life, LOL!

I have found that with my Etsy business I HAVE to try to do some organization and I still have trouble finding items that sell….

I started with my handmade jewelry which is small and I mostly have it inside these plastic storage containers on wheels with 3 or 4 draws.

I mark them on the outside with a Sharpie marker and have separate draws for earrings, pins, bracelets, and necklaces, etc.

The harder part was finding places for my vintage items and so I have decided to stick with smaller items which are easier to store and also to wrap and ship.

I purchased 5 more plastic things on wheels and put various vintage items also in certain draws like mugs, trinket dishes, small plates, etc. and marked the draws.

Everything is wrapped in plastic bags, bubble wrap, etc. to keep it clean, safe, and for the jewelry, helps to keep the sterling silver mostly tarnish free.

I also use some draws for my shipping supplies such as tape, labels, small thank you cards, business cards, and jewelry bags, etc.

I still have to get some shipping boxes, etc. and put them downstairs so I can get my back bedroom looking much neater again!

I wish I had the room to have a studio and equipment to make ceramics or do silver smithing, etc. but that is not likely to happen any time soon, LOL!

I do not smoke or have friends that smoke so my home is free of those smells which can really not be good when making or sending out products to customers.

I have 2 cats and always make sure items are clean and wrapped up, even if I photo them with the cats, then they are cleaned and put away so everything is good to go when a customer orders!

They like the jewelry but must be supervised when around and then the jewelry is safely put away where the kitties cannot get into my products!

I will be making some items for cats and will have photos with Moses and Mirri in them with their own items I made for them so that the ones for sale will be fresh, clean, and wrapped for customers because animals do not like strange odors on their items, etc. but will prefer to have their own family and home scents on them which is comforting to them.!

Here is my Moses with some of my handmade earrings:

Tan Cat Earrings Handmade Carved Bone Cat Earrings With Red Garnets and Gold Pearls Cat Lovers Christmas Stocking Gift Feline Cat Jewelry

Handmade Tan Cat Earrings

Helpful idea’s from Linda of LazyYVintage:

I use empty copier paper boxes for storing my vintage items. I then list them in categories on an Excel spreadsheet with their location, and cost of the item. When it sells I cut it off the list and paste to another spreadsheet that then figures out my profit (sold price-cost-etsy fees-printing, etc).

I wash everything before I take pictures of them, so then I just wrap them up (using newspapers, bubble wrap, whatever I have available) and put them in the paper boxes, number the box when it is full and store it….well that’s changing a bit.

I started putting everything in a bedroom closet and under the extra bed. Then slowly into the garage. I just bought an industrial strength shelving unit to redo the garage for better visual and additional storage. It will also have a better storage system for Jimmy’s boxes and bubble wrap, etc. We are hoping to work on that over the Labor Day weekend (it will be painful for Jim to finally part ways with all of the stuff he keeps in case he’ll need it some day, maybe I’ll find some vintage items?).

I do have a small bin that I keep smaller items in my work/office room (which is also the guest bedroom). The bed makes a great place to put my washed and pictured items to write the descriptions and then weigh them out when I post.

When an item sells, I look up the box number and have it ready to go quickly. I then add to that box, remembering to change the spreadsheet as I go (learned the hard way on that piece of it!).

As far as organizing my day, I use an app called Cozi for a planner for my whole life. I have it on my phone and on the computer. All my personal reminders as well as my business reminders are set up there. You can send yourself alerts as well as other members in your household (which now is just Jimmy, and he makes fun of my Cozi alerts). So, my life in one large electronic filo fax. It has a calendar, shopping lists, to do lists, recipes, dinner planner, etc. The lists can be customized so some of mine are; Gifts, Holidays, Remodeling, Projects (like the picnic table I’m painting, or the coffee table I plan to refinish) volunteer projects as well as a schedule for social media for the shops.

I’m definitely a list maker!

Additional comments from Linda – When I first started, I had a box for each item that I listed. But as my inventory has grown storage was the problem.

For my crochet shop, I keep my yarn stash in clear (very large) bins so I can see what I have in them. My hats and scarves are kept in those plastic bags that you can suck the air out of and put under the bed. Since we are pet free, it works well as a way to store them and you can see what is in them. Then I have bags of crochet projects in almost every room. I’m determined to go through each one and complete the projects, but I haven’t given myself a deadline, and since I am deadline oriented, I’ll probably just keep adding more bags…….lol

Well, all my crochet projects are in one place now, and I’ve thinned them out into the categories of 1. add to pile to finish 2. add to pile of what was I thinking? 3. Add to pile of not sure yet, and to pile 4. put into the pipeline to start. I have my old baby crib in the “art” room, so I have all the bags there. Jim thought the living room looked bigger, lol.

I plan to breakdown the projects that I know now I will not be doing, and that should narrow it down and bit (and increase my yarn stash).

Getting there. And, Opal the suction bags really work well for finished pieces. Not sure I’d put supplies in them. And, your finish pieces are not as suckdownable (new word)!

I’ll have to check out Ravelry, I have a good friend (who is a true fiber artist) who loves it.

Cotillion Dinnerware by Sango Yellow Roses Salad Plates 1950s Set of Four (4)

Sango Yellow Cotillion Dinnerware

Helpful Idea’s from Lisajoy Sachs of saxdsign:

Clutter is a constant challenge for me. As a lapidary (stone cutter) I am always picking up cool stones and rocks here and there, they end up piling up in all corners of my house. Being Self Made and having a home business can be a struggle for any artist or crafter.

Laguna Agate Cabochon Large Free Form Pseudomorph Designer Handcut Handmade Lapidary Lavender Purple Lisajoy Sachs Rare One of a Kind Unique

Laguna Agate Cabochon Stone

My Etsy shop is dedicated to mostly supplies for other artists/crafters so I have over 3000 items for people to choose from. Organizing them had to be a priority for me, because there is NOTHING worse than getting an order and not being able to find the items. Which, in the past, I have to say has actually happened on more than one occasion. I have been close to pulling out my hair looking through every box, under boxes, and through all the bins I used to have my stuff in.

Then came the label maker and clear plastic cube drawers! I use a label maker with a QUERTY keyboard it really makes it faster.

There are quite a few discount stores nearby like Ollies, Big Lots, the Dollar Store, where I found these adorable desk organizers. It’s like a cube of three little drawers about 6″ x 6″ x 2″ for a bargain – less than $70 for 24 of them. They are also stackable, and fit perfectly into my packaging area. I labeled each drawer with the type of stone and organized them alphabetically so there is no hunt any more. I know exactly where every stone, rock crystal, and cabochon is.

As for my continued collection of rocks, I keep most of them in clear shoe boxes so I can see what is in each box. These are also labeled clearly so that I know what is in each box, they are stacked neatly on a shelf in an extra closet, and are easy to get to.

Last week at the EtsyUp Conference in NYC we had the great pleasure of listening to one of the keynote speakers Fay Wolf. who just wrote the book NEW ORDER. She had many tid bits of information she shared to help us Etsians declutter. I have started reading her book and already have cleared out a few more shelves of books (going to Savers) that I am sure I will never read again. Her book is specially designed for Creative folks to help De-clutter their spaces so that we can strive and create in a more productive and less distracting space. I can’t wait to finish the book and get myself even more organized so I can start making jewelry again, something I have put off because I ran out of room.

If you are interested in Fay’s book you can get one here:


It is totally worth it – a fast read and there are even some pages in the middle of places where you can donate stuff you have been holding on to for a while because it may have some value to someone.

Helpful idea’s from willowvalleyvintage of WillowValleyVintage:

I am tired of “wasting time” hunting around for an item when it sells!

I saw another Shop that wrote a cryptic message at the bottom of the Listing description, telling where the item was–great idea!

So, now I’m doing that, along with putting the bigger items in the boxes that they’ll ship in and writing the contents on notes taped to the outside. It certainly looks a lot neater and hopefully saves time when the busy season begins!

This is one of our favorite listings:

Viewmaster Storage Box Display Case View-Master Reels Vintage Divided Wood Container Divided Shelf Tray Primitive Home Decor Cool Gift

Vintage View Master Box

Helpful idea’s from Marie-Antoinknit of 9ElizabethStreet:

I have not visited the team threads much for the past year due to work commitments and time constraints, but when I saw this topic I had to check it out! So glad I’m not alone – this is exactly what I’m supposed to be working on right now. I’m in the processing of trying to control the chaos in my business center: shipping, storage, photo studio & office all in one tiny back room. The tips so far are right on target: corral it, contain it, and make sure you can FIND it.

I currently have my knit goods sorted by type and stored with like items: round berets stored flat, ruffle scarves in clear hanging shoe storage bags, scarves in a long box, etc. All knit goods are washed after the photos are taken, then put in clear plastic storage bins. Earrings are put in plastic bags before I put them in their box because, like Pam, I found it helps keep them from oxidizing.

Yarn, of course, owns the downstairs storage area. All of it is kept in clear plastic bins, and sometimes plastic bags within the bins as well. I have 3 large shelving units so I can keep the bins more accessible, but I could use 2 more. I knit with many different fibers and the chunky & bulky weights fill up a lot more space. I try to keep track of the yarns themselves on Ravelry, because it was built for that. For me it’s important to be able to find what you want when you need it, remember what you have that you put away for “something special,” and keep all the fiber in top condition, free of odors as well as pests. Many people are deathly afraid of spiders: I’m deathly afraid of moths!

Here’s one reason why:

Black Rolled Brim Hat- Twenties Style Woman's Cloche, Retro Bucket Hat, Chunky Knit Winter Fashion Hat, Handmade in the USA, Ready to Ship

Twenties Style Brim Hat

Additional comments from Marie-Antoinknit : Looking for some more good ideas here. I need motivation & inspiration! Especially for maximizing minimal space when you are NOT handy at all with most DIY ideas…or even kits. Any more contributors to keep the thread going?

Helpful Idea’s from Leila Blakely of LasLovelies:

I feel so overwhelmed at times and I know it’s good to be organized and to have a plan.

After I hit my first year I started changing all my listings so that on the bottom of the description I would have my location of the item. It’s better than not knowing! Which happened to me once. I lost that sale.

Example: (section) & AB1 or AB2. AB stands for Aqua Blue, or CT Clear Tote
I can have bunches of AB1’s but I put my section name on top of label 1st. I’ve only got 2 sizes of totes so they can all stack.
It’s working. Ha!

Opal – I use to change out my decor for the seasons. Now everything is a ‘dust’ blend. Ha! I don’t have room for anything. The only thing organized is what I’ve already photographed and listed and put in totes.

Drip ware Pottery Bean Pot, Vintage Bean Pot, Kitchen Decor, Brandied Fruit Crock, Made in Taiwan Brown Drip Pottery, laslovelies

Pottery Bean Pot

Helpful Idea’s from Opal  of ApronStringsOwlLady:

I have some new tips that worked for me!

I have taken over an empty room haha and it has two closets, filled with shelves, shelving units against all the wall, a work space with places for my paints, brushes etc, new fluorescent lighting – the works (my desk and computer are also in the space.)

My tip is everything being in one space – I feel more organized than I ever have! I have everything in bins, labeled, big plastic jars (recycled from our almond, pistachio and cashew purchases) and for the first time in my crafting history – I feel organized and can find things.

Today I started a large journal – not loose pieces of paper but a binder with pages that can’t fall out to write down my team responsibilities and orders, what dates to follow-up etc. This made me feel very organized and I’ll keep you updated on how my new system works.

The physical aspects of storage in this shop include wood, floral and large bulky items such as bulletin boards and wreaths, not mentioning all the silk flowers, wreaths, fabric and other materials I need on a daily basis.

A linen closet is now filled with bulletin boards and wreaths – and I like them in there – big roomy shelves with height for the wreaths not to get crushed. I need to organize my fabric for the owl shop and I have a ton of it so this week I am getting large totes, marking with fabric types and stacking them someplace out of my workplace.

These very large, tall birdhouses need to be cared for as not to get dusty or damaged – they are now in a hall closet that I fitted with a sturdy shelving unit.

Green Home Decor, Decorative Birdhouse, Beautiful Green Birdhouse, Wooden Birdhouse, Housewarming Gift, Gift for Her, Handcrafted Gifts

Hunter Green Birdhouse Decor

Additional comments from Opal:

Hi everyone – I can almost laugh at all the ups and downs I go through trying to get organized! Yet not real funny as I sit here in my “craft cave” surrounded by items in all the wrong containers.

I started to organize and change things around and what a mess! I can’t find my chair, the floor or the sewing machine today, but now my fabric is neatly folded in the closet (on shelves!) where all this other stuff used to be – oh my!

Thank you all for contributing to the blog – it’s been fun! – Opal