Heralding the Arrival of Spring with Beautiful Bursts of Color

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

During the dark days of winter, I look forward eagerly to the first burst of spring color.  Nothing signals the arrival of spring like seeing the colorful crocus peeking up through the snow.

There are many different varieties of spring flowers with daffodil, crocus, tulip and hyacinth being some of the most common ones.  To enjoy colorful year-round blooms in your garden, select plants with different blooming times such as the daffodil, the earliest narcissi appear in early spring, especially small cultivars like Tete-a-Tete.  For mid –spring color, the tulip which is just starting their long period of bloom is an all-time favorite. My personal favorite is the peony.  These colorful shrubs carry the garden from late spring to early summer.

Featured are the favorite spring flowers from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team along with an item from their shop that celebrates the colorful blooms of spring.

You might just discover a new variety of spring flower to try out in your own garden!

Nancy Duncan  from  EponasCrystals shared this:

My favorite spring flower is lilac. We have several in our yard and the scent is amazing! It was also my mother’s favorite and it reminds me of her.

These earrings are the lilac color I prefer:

Bell Flower Earrings

Dana Hamant  from  LilybeanzBowtique had this response:

My favorite flower of Spring is a Lily. It is my birth month flower (Lily of the Valley) and the name of my middle daughter and namesake of my shop.

This item comes with handmade felt flowers that remind me of all the beauty of Spring.

Yarn Wrapped Felt Floral Wreath

Tetiana  from DiMaryboutique said:

Dandelion – is spring flower, especially in Kiev this year…. blossoming dandelions and my little daughter inspired me to hand make my ECO dresses with crochet flowers!

Dandelion ECO-dress

Valerie Brown  from FirepanJewellery added:

My garden is full of Spring flowers, and I am very inspired by them! One of my favorites is the Forget-me-not. They “came with the yard” and love my garden so much they spring up everywhere. I know Spring is really here when I see these little blue blossoms all over. Another reason I like Forget-me-not is that there are very few true blue flowers, but they are one of them!

Forget Me Not Sterling Silver Flower Necklace

Corkycrafts  from Corkycrafts remarked:

We plant sunflowers in a wide array of colors all year, the most popular are the yellow ones for the kids love to imagine they are in the land of Jack & the giant bean stalk when the yellow heads pop out in colors. I share my love of gardening with my customers and now sell the seeds during planting season to share a smile.

 

Texas Size Sunflower Seeds

Sue and Misty  from shabbyshopgirls answered:

What could be more refreshing in the cold of winter than an arrangement of tiger lilies, snap dragons and iris in wonderful muted pastel colors of purple, pink, blue, green and white? These flowers are so beautiful they will take the damp and dark out of any Winter day and signal Spring to pop its cheery head!

 

ESCADA Silk Floral Scarf

Annie  from DesignedbyAnneliese commented:

I absolutely love Freesias in Spring! They smell so lovely and fragrant. My parents have them in their front yard and I love to pick some and take them home. They also remind me of warmer weather.  I have made some floral envelopes which remind me of Spring!

Floral Envelope Set

Solveiga  from Solviashop added:

My favorite flower of Spring is a Rose. Also I have my favorite song:  “Roses” is a song from American DJ duo The Chainsmokers. It was released as the second single from their debut EP, Bouquet on June 16, 2015. The song was written by and features vocals from American singer Elizabeth Roze Mencel, better known by her moniker Rozes.

Here is a crochet flower key ring made with a yellow wool yarn:

Yellow Flower Keychain

Marjorie Scenna  from mscenna related:

I love spring flowers and look forward to seeing things pop up in my yard. I’m inspired by flowers and love finding ways to incorporate them into crafts. This vintage earring and button pendant reminds me of white peonies.

Pearl Gold Necklace

Rachel Placek  from LoveandPetFurCrochet told me this:

My favorite spring flowers are the Hydrangea. I love the different shades of blue and purple found in these blooms. They also keep well in a vase inside which makes them even more valuable. Here is a crochet coffee mug cozy I made depicting the beauty of their bloom:

Hydrangea Flower Coffee Cup Cozy

Lia Russo  from Ghirlandiamo offered:

So many flowers evoke spring, but for me the most representative ones are daffodils.   It’s so nice to see them sprouting out from the soil not yet covered by green grass.  The most common are like these I used in my wreath: white petals and yellow heart and all completely yellow.  Sincerely I don’t know if other varieties exist, but these two ones are really fresh and lovely and they can perfectly be identified with spring.

Daffodil Heart Wreath

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Goodness, my favourite spring flower – that is a tough one!

Here in Australia I love our native flora – so enjoy the multitude of gum blossoms that dominate my natural garden …. I don’t have any items inspired by this (something I will have to look into), so will share a daisy pendant instead – another popular spring flower.

 

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Ceramic Daisy Boho Pendant Necklace

Lelia Valois from ValoisFelts commented:

I love it when dandelions, buttercups, clovers and daisies start popping up all over the grass.  Then there’s nothing better than laying out on a blanket with a dog, some cool drinks and a book.

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Daisy Needle Felted Bookmark

Alexandra Richards from EyeLoveKnots added this:

I designed these gloves for the Happily Hooked Magazine for a Lace and Openwork theme. I have since worked many different colorways, but the initial piece was in this Rosy Cheeks colorway and the first thing I thought of as I worked through the design was Cherry Blossoms.

The magazine took a small poll on my gloves and found that people were between flowers and stars in the design. What do you see?

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Ginny C from GRCTreasures said:

Roses are one of my favorite Spring flowers and these pretty yellow roses just drew me right to the tablecloth. I love vintage linens and I saw this one in a church thrift shop and just had to have it. I would love to keep it for myself but I can’t keep everything I buy and I am happy to pass it on to someone who can appreciate its beauty.

Vintage Wilendur Yellow Roses Tablecloth and napkins

Vintage Wilendur Yellow Roses Tablecloth and napkins

 

Member Feature: Solviashop

Contributor post by Alexandra from EyeLoveKnots

Please join us in welcoming, Solveiga of Solviashop, our featured member!

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Solviashop.

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Solveiga. I live in Vilnius, which is the capital of Lithuania. I am a preschool teacher. I love my job and spending time with children. In my free time I like knitting, sewing, crocheting and making crafts.

When did you open your business, and what made you decide to do so?
I opened my little shop almost 8 months ago, and I am enjoying it enormously! I love to be in touch with customers and working products especially for them.

Tell us a bit about your products.
At Solviashop you can find expertly handmade knitted items such as socks, slippers, neck warmers, hats, pillows, blankets and more. All items in my shop are handmade using different types of yarn. Many of the items are knitted using several yarns to show and accent their design. I love different and modern designs for my handcrafts!

What inspires your work?
I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
I would like to knit 50 more pairs of socks, for a total of 160 items.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
My goal is to make my customers Smile and bring them Joy. All my Art is handmade, one of a kind, and from the Heart.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
Usually I knit in my living room.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known beforehand?
I wish I would have known more about SEO.

Any advice for those thinking of selling on Etsy?
Don’t be afraid of any challenge.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I like working in my garden.

Where can people find out more about your business?
People can find out more by visiting solveiga 1 on Pinterest, or @solveigakiran1 on Twitter.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for visiting Solviashop and have a great day!

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.

Welcome New Team Members for April

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns
Please join us in welcoming new members to our fantastic team! Visit their shop, fave some items, maybe even share some shops/items on your social media channels!!
And here are our new members!

Hi, my name is Denise. My blog is about “Journey into Awareness”. This journey encompasses awareness of the differences in people’s lives…awareness of Autism, Alzheimer’s Disease, Mental Health Awareness, Suicide Prevention, Cancer Awareness, etc…. I am excited to be able to share with, and educate people.

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Shanna Campbell from LikeIguanaArt says:

Hello. I’m Shanna (like iguana, not banana). Looking forward to participating in this year’s CIJ event.

This item is special to me because I’ve always been a huge fan of Alice In Wonderland, and I was so thrilled when my work evolved into this piece of art, which, to me, so clearly illustrates the caterpillar, as he shook loose his cumbersome former self.

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Hi everyone!

I am a member of CIJ in my 2 other shops and of course I wanted to become a member of my new shop also.
I love the CIJ team and feel it is the best on Etsy.

My 3 shops are all different and this last one Vintage trend Boutique is a shop I have been wanting to open for some time now.

I love the 60-70’s and so this shop is more a hippie boho shop and in it are all the items I remember during those free spirit years .

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riyogems from RiyoGems says:

Hi Everyone.

I am a new member here. Excited to be a part of it.

I love gemstone and jewelry.

Our aim is Fashion for Everyone.

Thanks

kapil

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Cathy Wanat from VintageOrlando says:

Hello, my name is Cathy and I am new here. I love Christmas and especially being able to claim and sell Christmas items in July. I even had a garage sale one July with only Christmas stuff (well mostly) and other holidays included.

This item from my shop is especially interesting as its color could be deemed as worthy of being in my Christmas In July sale. Thanks for letting me be part of this team, I will do my best to participate in the fun.

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Solveiga from Solviashop says:

Hello, my name is Solveiga.

I love creating pretty things in beautiful colors. I love to see the item that I am working on begin to take shape and turn into a finished product that someone will enjoy.

The wool improves the bloodstream, reduce pain, soothe inflammation and improve the mood. The wool keeps the feet warm, but prevents sweating. Its effects are similar to those of the combination of acupuncture and light massage.

Wool are natural antiseptics. Microorganisms and mites can not survive in wool as it is air permeable, and can absorb moisture up to the 40 % of its own weight, but is dirt-proof.

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Rebecca Dalrymple from TheBlkSheepPrimitives says:

New member here. I specialize in hand painted shaker box sets (stacking boxes). My original AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION features historical people, events and businesses of our nation’s past. All come signed and numbered. Custom work is accepted.

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What a FAB collection of items and new members!! Be sure to pay them a visit!