Back To School

Contributor Post by Mairi From mairidesign

Ah, it’s that time of year again, where the children are excited to be starting or returning to a new year of education. Most likely, they’re sad that the holidays are ending but happy to be seeing their friends and meeting new ones on their first day. It’s a very special time for all and what better way to keep the memories, than with items from our talented team? And, let’s not forget the teachers! It’s a huge day for them too. Have a browse through the selection below and click on the photo to buy in Etsy.

We all send our good luck wishes for the little ones’ first day back to school.

Now that my daughter is grown and out of school, I don’t have to worry about the back to school craziness. Can’t say that I miss it either! Finding the perfect binder, the perfect notebooks and let’s not forget that some schools even have “recommendations” of what to buy that you must follow. That is not my idea of a fun time.

I do however, have a recommendation for you to consider! Back to school isn’t just about the students! How about the teacher too? Many teachers are seen carrying clipboards during the school year and here is a UNIQUE one that could be the envy of all the other clipboard carrying teachers! It features unique muted purple colors, a sense of nostalgia, is durable AND can even be hung on the wall when not in use. If your desk looks anything like mine, you’ll appreciate this!


Decorated Clipboard

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This is a big seller amongst my teachers because of the inspirational words it speaks to them. I worked in the public school system and would see 90% of the teachers with lanyards around their necks that held keys to opening the classroom and cabinets where important belongings or school supplies were. This lanyard would be perfect. It can come as a one piece or a detachable (the key section comes apart). Either way it’ll be useful, yet fun and versatile.


Inspirational Teacher lanyard

Going back to school and having to remember so many things, and sometimes being stressed, I think this would make a bright and happy add on to Planners/journals and Backpacks.


Sun moon charm zipper pull

Being a teacher, I know I needed lots of things to begin the school year, just as my students did…

I loved my magnetic handmade decoupaged mousetrap note holder that was on my whiteboard. It held reminders, papers to pass back, certificates, etc. I knew right where to go each period to grab what I needed without wasting time looking for something that I thought I put in a safe and handy place…not…


Noteholder Mouse Trap

This reusable shopping bag will serve well for a good while. This handmade market bag will make a great back to school gift idea for a book fan. Without a doubt, it will be a perfect gift to a student.


Student Tote Bag

Back to School theme crafts are fun to create with these fun School House Buttons.


School House Buttons

As a teacher, I see that organization is truly one of the keys to students being successful and confident in their abilities. I love love love pencil cases, and create personalized cases for students.


Pencil Case

zizzybob from zizzybob says

Quilters are always looking for ideas to make their next quilt. Let’s suppose you wish to make a quilt for your child’s favorite teacher. Here’s a quilt block to get you started on your next teacher quilt, wall hanging or table topper.


Schoolhouse Appliqued Quilt Block

This stone apple is a vintage find. When I found it, I thought that this will be an excellent traditional gift for a teacher. You can use it as a paperweight or just put on a shelf for display. A sweet and useful gift.


Green Apple Paperweight

Hard to believe I’ve been making these over 20 years, but these are great for the walk or ride to school, and have an adjustable strap (or removable), a clip that can attach to a backpack, and insulate for hours. Several standard sizes, and custom sizes available. One woman returned to replace hers after a year on the playground! It had been dragged across asphalt, swung around by elementary school kids, and generally bullied!!! They’re great for keeping on a desk, kept near a lunch, fit into an auto cup holder, and if you keep your beverage in here with a tight fit, it won’t have condensation.


Insulated Tote

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all the way to school! Our fun to make foundation paper pieced school bus pattern could become part of a quilt, a homework folder, a tote bag, or a mug rug for the teacher’s desk. Just use your imagination!


School Bus Quilt Block Pattern

Gizmos and Gadgets

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

There’s gizmo’s and gadgets and who=zits and what-cha-ma-callits – and oh how people love them! They can range from small to large, techy to nerdy,
vintage to new – do you have any in your shop?

We’d love to hear your item’s story – and see your listing.

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

I just love this Wooden Masher, Reamer as it is my own personal antique. I bought it when I got my first house and had a strawberry patch and tomato plants. It was time to learn how to can so I could give family and friends some homemade tomato sauce and strawberry jelly. What can I say about my success? First of all no matter what I did the birds ate the strawberries even with netting on top and around. The tomato crop was better but the process of using the masher was VERY MESSY. More got around the kitchen than in the jars. I saved the tool all these years for the memories but now it is time to move on.

Wooden Cone Masher Rustic Canning Tool Tomato Sauce Jam Vtg 1940's Country Farmhouse Kitchen Display Primitive Decor Collectible Tool Gift

Vintage Wooden Masher

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

I love to use our zippered gadget holders for storing all our little things. I have one in my purse for pens and paper and another that I use for all my electronic chargers and cords when traveling.

This zippered pouch is sturdy and very easy to wash, and I have washed mine many times over the years. It still looks good as new.

This zippered gadget bag has an urban street art design. We photographed the art in Berlin. Remnants of the Berlin Wall still stand and are now splashed with political and hopeful art statements such as this Berlin Peace Flower.

Flower pencil case for her, zipper cosmetic gadget pouch, gift for teen Graffiti make up bag, street art supply storage Berlin bag

Flower Pencil Case

I’ve got gadgets and gizmos of plenty
I’ve got whose-its and whats-its galore
You want thingamabobs?
I got twenty
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more

Sorry, but now I can’t get this Disney’s Little Mermaid song out of my head!

This is a rusty steel spindled dampener. I just have to have some old-time rust to feel nostalgic and at home……

Griswold American Steel Spindle Damper Rustic Home Decor Farmhouse Decor

Rusty Steel Splintered Dampener


willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

 This is a fun little find–an oil change reminder pin to attach to the car visor!

Cute attendant with a clever sign and a real thermometer–lots to admire!

A unique gift for a vintage car enthusiast!

Oil Change Reminder Promo Pin Thermometer En-Ar-Co 30s Art Penn Motor Oil Attendant Sign "Heated Arguments Cause Much Coolness" Gift

Oil Change Reminder Promo

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 No vintage kitchen is complete without a set of Tupperware measuring cups! We love these Tupperware gadgets for its lifetime warranty and virtual indestructibility.
Tupperware Measuring Cups - Set of 5 - Harvest Orange - Retro Vintage Tupperware - Baking Master Chef - Kitchen Prep Tools - Molded Plastic

Vintage Tupperware Orange Measuring Cup Set

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says

 “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty. Whozits and whatzits galore!”


I can’t pass up these quirky vintage magnetic figures with “heavy metal” guitar bottle openers. These novelty gadgets look great on a bar and are practical too. They make a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for guy!

TWO Vintage Bottle Openers Musicians Guitars

Two Vintage Musician Bottle Openers

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 Our Design’s the Limit Personalized Manicure Kit is a wonderful gift idea, perfect as a stocking stuffer, and available with gift wrap and a gift card for shipping direct to your recipient. The kit includes all of the tools you need to manicure with ease conveniently stored in a personalized case in your choice of five colors.
Personalized Manicure Kit Engraved with Choice of Monogram Design & Font from Our Selection (Each - Seven Piece Set)

Personalized Manicure Set

Make every gift a personalized gift giving experience and put an end to the word gift card from your vocabulary! Go Etsy and Get Personal!