The Year Of The Dog

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

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.

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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.

Marta Gotliba from Gottliebtextiles says:  

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.

Lace Paw Print Decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:  

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.

Dog Bookmark

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

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.

Buff A Collie and Other Dog Stories

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:  

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.

Argyle and Pup Mini Lumbar Pillow

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:  

Perfect gift for a dog lover or to use as a decorative prop.  Helpful hints, dog care advice, kitschy drawings – 31 pages of fun!

Vintage Ken-L-Ration Dog Care Booklet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

We just love dogs at Ms P Designs! Our dogs are part of the family, and we love that this is the “Year of the Dog” to honor our very special friends. We have several nursery quilt patterns that feature dogs, but this is our new favorite. These cute Huskies are so happy to have the chance to play outside on a cold winter day.

Husky Dogs PDF Appliqué

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

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.

Pekingese dog Decoration

Pekingese DOG New Year Ornament

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:  

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!

Dog Pillow Panel

Elizabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Cherish your Fur baby –
Dog memory gifts will put peace in our hearts.

Pet Loss Gift

Tutorial: No Scrap of Wood Left Behind – #EtsyCIJ #EtsyCraftParty 2016

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

“Tutorial:  How to make a Valentine’s Day Primitive Hanger” by Barb from barbsheartstrokes

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“What Color(s) Inspired This Tutorial? Please Share Your Advice For Creating Stunning Color Combinations.”

“When it is January and grey and 7 degrees outside I start looking for some color in my world! Good thing Valentine’s Day is around the corner. RED is one of my favorite colors and makes me smile!

I started with RED, then thought this color would look good on pink. Since this little hanger has a primitive look I wanted the color to POP out and give a hint of fun.

I have added brighter colors to some of my primitive pieces and I am loving the look! Never be afraid to add/mix and play with colors!”

Introduction

Having been raised by parents who were raised during the end of the Great Depression and then WWII I was taught nothing should go to waste. So no scrap of wood can be left behind after my Dad drops off a truck load of scrap lumber. I have all these different sizes and thickness of wood so I tried to put my frozen brain to work and come up with an idea for these 2 x 3 inch pieces of wood. Here it goes. Sand the wood out in the garage with the temp at 7 degrees at noon one day. (I did not last long out there.) Tack cloth the wood free from frost and saw dust. Paint the wood with Burnt Umber acrylic paint. Let dry.

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Tutorial Directions

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Paint roughly with Decoart Melon color or a pinkish color of your choice leaving the edges paint free giving it a primitive look. You could also paint the wood first and then sand the edges and stain with an oil base stain but that meant going back out to the garage. I did the simpler version avoiding the outside.

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Now with Decoart Country Red stencil some hearts here and there on the wood.

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I just wrote on the wood with a #2 pencil “Be Mine” and a heart to dot the letter I. Now you can paint this black with a 10/0 liner brush or use a Sharpie Marker to do the lettering.

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Inside the house, using the Dremel, I drilled two holes at the top and then added rusty wire for a hanger. I have all these fun keys so I used white organza ribbon to attach the key to the wire on this one.

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Here is one with red organza ribbon with a different key attached. I sprayed these with a clear coat finish and are now ready to give as a small gift. I may even add these to my Etsy shop.

Conclusion

Not sure how creative these are when you are freezing but I needed to paint and start using my brain for some creativity. Hope you enjoy!

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May Holidays – Cinco de Mayo – May 5th

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. The battle was fought at Puebla and is considered a minor holiday inside Mexico. In the U.S. however, Cinco de Mayo not only celebrates the victory at the Battle of Puebla, but a celebration of the culture and heritage of the Mexican people.

Most celebrate this holiday in the U.S. by holding parades and parties at which they serve tacos and other such foods. It is a day to let loose and enjoy! It is also a day to learn about the culture and what brought about this event.

Veronica and Andy Fritsch of AVAArtsSupplies told me:

When we lived in Florida, I taught students with severe autism. A large part of our curriculum was life skills. So when a holiday came up we would work on cooking (we were lucky enough to have a stove in our classroom). For Cinco De Mayo we would find all sorts of recipes and have the kids whip them up. We did some more traditional items and many more Americanized versions. All the kids loved the candy skulls my aide brought in! 

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That sounds like a really fun and educational time! I love the designs of  candy skulls, such craft work!

My family has decided to celebrate this holiday by having our own little party, full of traditional foods and drink. We might even decorate with the traditional colors of red, green and white.  My hope is that we all have a wonderful and fun time. Maybe we will make this an annual event!!!

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I hope that whatever you all do on Cinco de Mayo that it is fun and rewarding!