Soft Furnishings

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Soft furnishings can be any fabrics used in the home. For instance linens,bath towels,curtains,cushions,pillows and more. Here at #EtsyCIJ we want to see your Soft Furnishings!

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says I love Harris tweed cushions! There are now so many gorgeous colors and designs available, and yet every piece of this pure wool fabric is still hand-woven by the islanders. The one I have chosen here is a brightly colored large tartan design to really cheer up your room.

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Harris Tweed cushion cover

Karen from timetalentjewels said something that I have in the kitchen that is a must are my Wool Felted Hot Pads. They are soft and thick so you won’t burn yourself. Many people who I sell to, love to just have them as Art in their kitchens because of their bright colors. Each one is knitted and then felted in very hot water, after that process it wicks and retains its shape and becomes very soft and thick. This particular pair is 7 x 7. Some may vary in size.

What is really fun is to have friends decorate with them! How fun would that be?

True colors wool felted hot pads

Robyn from RobynFayeDesigns states these country-style coasters were made in mind for bowls of hot soup, so larger than a regular coaster but smaller than place mats. When not in use they look great stacked in the farmhouse kitchen.

Country style coasters/mug rugs

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says bedrooms are instantly spruced up with gorgeous textures, patterns and fabrics on your bed. We love this pattern by Ralph Lauren Chaps Home collection for its reversibility! A beautiful soft floral pattern on one side with a coordinating stripe pattern on the opposite side for an instant new look! Add some pillows and you have a luxurious boudoir!

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Russet Orange – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Russet Orange.

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Russet Orange
This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Russet Orange! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

zizzybob from zizzybob says there are very few sellers on Etsy selling handmade quilt blocks. Most of those who are, are selling vintage blocks. I make blocks that I would use if I were making a quilt. Most of mine are appliqued, something that a lot of quilters don’t like to do. Here is a set of blocks just in time for fall.

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said this russet orange kitty cat would be a fun item to stitch this fall. I love striped tabbies like this beauty!

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Gari from BeadLoversKorner states I have very fine, flyaway hair and many times need bobby pins or hair accessories to keep the stray hairs in place. I also have tons of beads – so decided to put some beads on bobby pins! I loved them so much that I started making them to sell. These russet orange bobby pins, made with Carnelian, and perfect for fall colors and Halloween!

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Nancy from EponasCrystals says perfect colors for fall in this lightweight stretchy beaded bracelet. Orange and yellow tones with bright turquoise tassels as accents.

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Karen from timetalentjewels said these sweet pumpkin beads are a wonderful reminder that fall/autumn is upon us. Russet Oranges, Golds and Browns greet us this fall. Pumpkins, Gourds and Corn-husks along with the fall breezes. Bonfires and Wiener Roasts, oh what fun,we will have!

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Cristal from DesignsbyCristal states fall is all about seeing the old go into hibernation and waiting for the new to come out in the spring. I love driving up to the mountains in GA and seeing the tree-lined back drop of the amazing colors that fall brings such as the many hues of orange, red, and yellow.

The russet color mixed in with the brown really makes this dog collar pop and is a great add-on for your dogs fall fashion.

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Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says after thinking Fall and wishing for the leaves to change and pumpkin time I designed this cute set today!

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor said there is such a feeling of warmth to this color (and makes me think of apple pie because I use maple syrup) Our maple trees willingly put on a show for us in the early autumn.

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop states this gorgeous toiletries bag combines a lovely Russet Orange with a paler tangerine in a traditional herringbone pattern. The result is a zingy, eye-catching Harris Tweed fabric that I have used for the outside of this useful washbag.

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Margie from Zen Cat Pottery says Wow! The name “Russet Orange” is deceiving. When I go to the Pantone page, it’s really more of what I would call “pumpkin orange.”

This wheel-thrown ceramic spoon rest has a beautiful “Russet Orange” underside that will add a hint of color to your kitchen! This piece is hand painted and hand carved. All materials are non-toxic, food-safe and lead-free. This is also dishwasher safe.

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Marie from LoveNStuff14 said my daughter Terese collected vintage hats for years and only recently has decided to thin out her collection. This is one of my favorites

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Tami from HannaHerbals states this gorgeous bar of soap is scented with Patchouli, Lavender and Black Pepper, the color is from Paprika. It comes packaged in an adorable kraft jar.

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Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says I wouldn’t have called that shade of orange “russet” orange.

Orange always reminds me of the warm and earthen colors of autumn. And of pumpkins. Time spent at the pumpkin patch is one of the most beautiful things I remember doing with my family. Let the kids wear hand knitted pumpkin hats, sit on a big pumpkin surrounded by other pumpkins and you have the perfect photo shoot!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Russet Orange board!

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

Red Pear – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall/Winter 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2018 is Red Pear.

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Red Pear
Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Red Pear! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

The shield of this funny wall clock with a bulldog face is a red pear color. This is a deep, dark shade of red with the addition of bronze.

Small accessories in golden and brown color: numbers and the line of the “roof” make it a very decorative item. These colors create an atmosphere of coziness and warmth. A great idea for a gift and a Christmas decoration. I hope that a funny bulldog with a football ball will make you laugh.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt says:

I love this “Red Pear” color … it’s a deep shade of red that I always associate with hearts and love. That is why I used this color to paint the heart in our “I Love Cats” wall hanging!

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Margie Sarrao from FunNFiber says:

This fabulous yarn bowl is a great gift for any knitter, including yourself! It is hand-made on a pottery wheel, and fired twice. It is a delicious, earthy “red pear” color with a bit of blue towards the top. All materials are non-toxic, lead-free, and food safe. It is dishwasher-safe, as well.

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Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says:

This lovely tea cosy has been handmade from Harris tweed fabric in natural cream and “Red Pear” deep red. Many of my cosies are in colourful tartans, but this simple two colour design is even more stylish.

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

Shades of red are always popular during the fall and winter season. Deep colors of burgundy red, cinnamon and wine of a pear capture an array of those shades. They can be shown in a stellar piece of jewelry such as this piece of Ruby Jade Beaded Necklace Set.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Baltic Amber Necklace – Vintage red amber from the Baltics. The necklace is natural red amber chips in graduating sizes.

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Red Pear  board!

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

Favorite Holiday Item In Your Shop – #CIJParty 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings  and Mairi from mairidesign

We all have a favorite item that we have in our shop. It could be our favorite because of the process it took to make it, its color or any other reason.

Here, the team share their favorite Holiday item from their shop and tell us why they like it so much.

michael tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says

One of my favorite Xmas items is my Luminaria Bags. They are ceramic clay and have holes in them to let the candle light shine through. I crave out different designs on the bags. One of my favorite designs is the Corrales Old Church. I have several sizes available and over 20 different designs.
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Luminaria Bags

Dianna from HoneyMyrtleStudio says

One of my favourite items is my blue hand dyed cushion cover. It was one of the first items I made using hand dyed fabric that I had done myself.
Blue Throw Pillow

Blue Throw Pillow

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

I love my Harris tweed baubles. They bring the beauty of hand-woven fabric to something purely decorative. Lovely enough to be kept as heirloom pieces.
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Harris tweed Christmas tree decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says

Hands down this is my favorite item… This ornament has such a sweet story behind how it came to be… I have lived in my home since I was born and one of my neighbors that had been in her home since before I was born asked me to come down to her home to look at some things 3 years ago in the summer of 2015. She then gave me a piece of a sweater that she said was one of her favorites. It was her sweater many years ago when she was much younger. She said she had reused most of it but had this one side left and she wanted to give it to me as she knew I sewed and asked me to make something so that her favorite sweater could live on. The color reminded me of dirty snow. So I made the dirty snowman out of what was left of her special sweater… I gave one to her to put on her tree. I kept one and gave my daughter one and the rest are for sale… so far a total of 6 are living on in Christmas celebrations. I have one more made and enough to make 2 more beyond that. Then all the sweater will be gone. Sad to say that she passed away in 2016 and her granddaughters came to get me and told me I could have what ever I wanted out of her sewing room… one of the things I got was many buttons that were cut off of garments once the garment was done being used. I now am adding 2 of those buttons to each of the remaining snowmen.
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My Dirty Snowman

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says

My favorite item is this Christmas card featuring Miss Abbie one of our collies on an early morning walk here on the farm just after a fresh snow fall. I was never certain what captured her interest in the trees but I like the feeling and colours of this card.

Entitled Happy Collie Days this one always makes me smile. This image has been featured by The Collie Rescue Network in their calendars and on a note card they use to raise funds.

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Happy COLLIE Days Christmas Card

This “I love cats” handcrafted wooden plaque is my favorite shop item because it declares my love of cats … I consider it to be a customer favorite as well since I have sold several of them to other cat lovers!

I think it’s a great gift idea for the cat lover on a gift list because it’s cute and inexpensive!

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Cat Wall Hanging

Mairi from mairidesign says

These Christmas bauble shaped tree decorations are my favourites because of the gorgeous iridescent glass I used and, also, that others also seem to really like them. I made some for my students and one of them ordered several for her colleagues. Then, my sister and my cousin ordered several each to hang as garlands in their windows. Then, more orders came. It was great! The little beads swing and tinkle in the breeze and add a chic touch to a festive display.
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Christmas Tree Decorations

I love this elegant set with 3 luxury glycerin soaps and a charm for good luck!

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Trendy Soaps Christmas Gift

My favorite is this new card I created last week. I like the simple design and message. It’s warm and inviting and speaks of home.

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Happy Holidays card

I love owls and these whimsical owls on a Christmas stocking are one of my favorites.

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Felt Owl Christmas Stocking

I loved making these waterless snow globes.

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Christmas Snow globes

This was hard! I love Christmas and keep several Christmas items in my shop year ’round, because I think holiday lovers shop whenever the mood hits them. Right now it was between my red-nosed reindeer (I’m also an avid animal lover) and this guy. I guess he won out because he’s a new addition, so I wanted to welcome him.

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Felted Santa Claus

This is my favorite piece for Christmas because it reminds me of ice crystals!

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Herkimer Diamond GF Ring

This ornament is one of my favs. It reminds me so much of growing up in Iowa and going sledding on my grandparents farm with all my cousins.

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Christmas Quilted Ornament

I have so many favorite Christmas items in my shop but this one stands out to me especially since I choose to use the ribbon on a dog collar. We all have that pet who is both naughty and nice which makes this Christmas dog collar even more cute, funny and true to their personality.

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Naughty or Nice Christmas Dog Collar

Wow, hard to choose just one. Don’t you find that when you make something new, it is almost always the favorite – until the next one! Anyway, here is my favorite. I love winter animal pictures, and my DH love penguins. When I saw these delightful guys, I just had to buy them, and I bought lots! Just couldn’t resist. I knew right away that some would be made into pillows. The rest are waiting for inspiration, and time.

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Quilted Pillow Covers

 

 

Red, White And Blue – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Red, White and Blue are not only the colors used for patriotic holidays and flags, but are also used in a wide variety of other ways. We want to see all your Red, White and Blue items especially if they don’t have any patriotic meaning behind them. It really is more about the colors then anything.

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says my macramé comes in many colours, but this set of garden lights are red, white and blue

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Mary from ByFreddisMom said my snowmen and holiday ornaments come in lots of colors and of course being snowmen, white is one of the colors and I try to use as many other colors that I think will shine. Red, White and Blue or Red & White or Blue & White…….I think you get the idea!

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Pam from PamsPawsJewelry states I found this adorable teapot recently and think it is just so fun and cute!

It is Patriotic and a perfect gift for Independence, Flag, Veterans, Presidents Day or any other American themed holiday!

BUT, it is also a functional item for tea, cocoa, or coffee if made first then poured in, and it could be a cheerful addition to any 4th of July table decor – inside or out!

Could the gold star also be a Christmas star?

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patontheback from patontheback says this is an easy patriotic table topper. I made my own in an evening. A simple and easy way to show your patriotic spirit without much fuss! Requires only a little knowledge, and sewing skills.

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Gail from kensingtonminiatures said check out these Red, white, and blue cocktails for a pop of festive color in my shop!

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Judy from JAMsCraftCloset states the perfect hand-painted red, white, and blue flower girl basket for the July 4th wedding.

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Rita from RitzySelection says unfortunately, we Hungarians have no sea or ocean. This is what we want to do if we want to go to another country. Fortunately, however, we have a wonderful Lake Balaton and many thermal baths.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt said living in Southeastern Louisiana, I am lucky because I get to see lots of beautiful birds as they pass through our area on their yearly migratory path … seeing these birds, as well as ducks and other assorted animals, inspire the artwork that we feature in our shop.

It was difficult to pick an item to feature, but I chose the Blue Jay bird because I love its vibrant blue color!

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Mairi from mairidesign states Red White & Blue Sea Glass Earrings. Little glass jars filled with, genuinely, rare mini sea glass gems, which hang from silver-tone ear wires. Blue and, especially, red sea glass is very rare making these very limited edition pieces of jewellery. All these tiny chips were collected by my husband and I on the beaches of Spain, near Barcelona, washed ashore, after the Mediterranean Sea had worked its magic.

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Deborah from RoseCottageKeepsakes says my true passion is quilting… and my journey and love of quilting has led me through many opportunities… for a few years I was the NJ state coordinator for Home of the Brave Quilt Project. I love to make large quilts to small quilting projects… one of my favorite small quilting projects are quilting ornaments. Below is one that demonstrates patriotism and reflects our historical colors.

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mistycat from carolinagirlz2 said R & R Reproductions Star Spangled Banners is a fantastic cross stitch pattern to stitch anytime you wish to see the red white and blue in action!

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Heather from MooseintheMint states a completely unique pendant! These are made from upcycled dominos with various gems and beads set into the resin, each one is different. A lovely little gift ideal as a stocking filler or a ‘just because’.

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Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT says this Quilted Keepsake Fabric Ornament is perfect for the September birthday girl. You can just see this gorgeous quilted keepsake ornament light up her smile. September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers. This beautiful blue fabric is accented with Swarovski crystals.

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zizzybob from zizzybob said I make quilt blocks for my shop, no, not quilts but the blocks that make up quilts. I am especially fond of making applique pieces that I know other quilters dont like to do. With the Quilts of Valor in mind, I always have a few red, white and blue blocks to sell.

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Tillie from TilliesTreasury states I love vintage items especially if they are hand crocheted. This is part of the many vintage linens I have in my personal collection and the colors are so vibrant and pretty with the red, white, blue, green and yellow.

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Mindi from MindisCustomCreation says My Blue submission. I used a grey and blue stain to give the sign a “Dirty Jeans” look. Laundry is a chore that not many of us enjoy. This sign is sure to liven up your laundry room and perhaps put a smile on your face at the same time.

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Gail from QuiltSewPieceful said I live in Arizona, but I LOVE the ocean and the beaches. When I saw this fabric, I just couldn’t pass it up. I know that many others share these same loves. What fun to have these quilted pillows in your beach house (I wish!) or added to your beach decor.

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Must Have Stocking Fillers – #EtsyCIJ 2018

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Stocking fillers, or stuffers, are the smaller sized gifts we all love to get for Christmas. For some its gift cards, makeup and jewelry while others prefer a handmade trinket, picture frame or key chains. We asked our members to show us the stocking stuffers they have in their shop and a little about them. I am sure there is something here for someone on your list to love!

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop told us here’s a useful little gift for the man in your life. This pocket change purse is 10cm (4 inches) square. I make them in various Harris Tweed designs; this one is olive herringbone. Currently retailing at just £10.50 for a quality treat. Men can be so hard to buy for, so I designed something both smart and useful that they will appreciate every day.

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Heather from MooseintheMint let us know about this initial bookmark and makes an ideal stocking filler.
It is three and half inches long. It makes a lovely personalised gift for a teacher or librarian, and great for a book lover. A unisex gift for all ages, that is a little different. It is just £4 and there is a choice of different finishes. This design comes from a variation of my personalized key rings.

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Rebecca from OrnamentsByRebeccaT states this is a 4” quilted fabric a great stocking stuffer. A grill master ornament to remind the guy in your life that even though it may be cold and snowy, his burgers are are the best. My inspiration for this was my dad. I can’t count the number of burgers he flipped for me and my friends and when winter came I missed that special time with him. Priced at $20.

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spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt tells about how this bracelet is great gift/stocking stuffer for anyone who loves nature-inspired or earth-toned jewelry and accessories! It has 7 of the 3/4 inch fancy beads with swirls of earth-tone hues; each is separated by a 1/4 inch dark brown, oblong wood bead (8 wood beads in total). The length of this bracelet is approximately 8 inches, which should fit an average-sized wrist, and has a antique-gold toned, fancy toggle-style closure. The price of the bracelet is $20.00 and makes a great gift for any nature loving lady.

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Let’s Have A Tea Party

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

As a kid and even an adult it is so much fun to have a tea party with friends and others. There are many types of foods, desserts and more that go into a tea party.

I love having the finger sandwiches, scones, different types of teas and using such beautiful tea services at the tea parties I have gone to.

What do you have in your shop that can be used in a tea party?

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba says decorate your living room with a nice, food theme art piece, it will help you to set up the right atmosphere for your indoor tea party.

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Dessert drawing of macaroons

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this antique cup and saucer would look lovely on the table and it’s pretty enough to leave on display when the guests have departed.

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Vintage china cup

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states  this vintage Noritake creamer and sugar bowl with lid was only manufactured during the years of 1979-1986. It would make a wonderful addition or replacement piece to your Fine China collection.

Noritake cream and sugar bowl

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says while your guests are already calm and comfy from the tea and fixings, a candle with Lemon Essential Oil may be the perfect addition to your tea party. Lemon Essential Oil has been shown to help promote positivity.

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Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said wonderful gift favors with adorable charms.
English garden tea comes to mind–I can see it added to the place settings and see the lush garden around it.

Tea party zipper pulls

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam states tea parties are great fun. When I went to Ireland we had lots of tea and scones. I am sharing One of my favorites from my personal Tea pot collection!!

Vintage Cronin blue teapot

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says nothing sets the tone of a tea party better than having a nice table setting. Linens can make it even more special. My mom has made so many great table runners that I’ve used throughout the seasons. It makes the place settings even nicer. Here’s one that combines turquoise and brown with a rich floral and paisley pattern.

Quilted table runner

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said if you’re going to have a tea party, then you need to keep the tea warm while you chat! A stylish Harris tweed tea cosy is just the thing. The lovely fabric is hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides islands, and any item made from it is a little bit special.

Harris Tweed tea cosy

Mairi from mairidesign states I’d say we all need butterflies at our tea parties. Pop a colorful butterfly into an empty iced-tea bottle with a few wild flowers from the park, lay down the gingham picnic blanket, and nibble on your Scotch eggs, cucumber sandwich triangles and sip some chilled iced-tea from a china cup.

Butterfly stained glass pot decoration

Amanda from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says my strawberry tea cosy is perfect for any tea-party. It is my best seller and is popular across the globe including Europe, America, Hong Kong and Australia. It was originally created for a 50th birthday tea party and was the highlight of the day!

Strawberry knitted tea cosy

Marta from GottliebTextiles said your kitchen also deserves to be decorated for the tea party. These dish cloths have lovely pastel color tea party themed embroideries. Not only a perfect kitchen decor but also will become handy when washing dishes after the party.

Dessert tea towels