January 2017 – New Year – New You!

Contributor Post Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

Welcome to January 2017 – It’s January 1st and I’m already thinking about exercise routines, being more organized, less procrastination maybe, maybe finally getting my Etsy arranged as I want it .

How about your – Has the new year got you thinking about any -it’s a new year, new you – scenarios?

Did you sign up for a marathon, plan a diet, or reflecting on better choices this year- Are you saving for a dream vacation or a new home?

Do any items in your shop relate to the theme, New Year, New You? We’d love to hear your comments and see your items.

Beach Art Ink Drawing, Honey I'm Home! Black and White Sea Gulls Building a Nest Ocean or Beach Art Beach House Decor Home Decor Birds Nests

Beach Art Ink Drawing

A new us this year. We celebrate our 40th anniversary and we move towards semi-retire. Me going full time on my Etsy shops, and Jimmy moving into environmental restoration. Prescribed burns, wetlands, forests, tall grass prairies. But first, a trip to the beach and some time looking at real estate in warmer climates.

Victoria Webb from Furiousdreams says

 On my second week of full retirement! So excited to be able to devote time to my Etsy shop again and to be painting full-time. Looking forward to exhibiting more and adding new work here.

For now, one of my recent small paintings can enhance anyone’s art collection.

Study 1 Original Abstract Painting 6 x 6 fuschia, blue, aqua, pink, cobalt blue, lavender

Original Abstract Painting

2017 is here and I’m going to more of a participant to all my teams one of my goals for the new year. Last summer we cleaned out my in-laws house over 50+ yrs of stuff to clean out and finally cleaning out totes, came across many fond memories and the wife said post this so now the shop is offering Barbie memories for the ladies who grew up in the 1970s…..

Vintage Mattel Barbie furniture collection early 1970s great addition for your Barbie collection

1970 Mattel Barbie Furniture

I’m still thinking about my new choices for 2017 – is that a form of procrastination or just considered thought?
Oh well…. to help me think there is nothing better than a cup of coffee – or tea, or hot chocolate!!

Coffee Cup Soup Mug Ceramic Handmade Pottery Black Tea Cup Dawn Whitehand on Etsy

Coffee Cup Soup Mug

Once again I face doing the whole of my annual accounts in one go before the dreaded January deadline

I am trying to figure out ways to bribe myself / force myself somehow to do it in sensible monthly chunks, and how can I make this a resolution that lasts past February!

I want to just curl up in bed with this hot water bottle in it’s lovely cosy.

British wool hot water bottle cover wine red handknit soft bottle cosy hottie cover

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Our New Year’s resolution is to drink Red Wine and Be Happy! As science is now confirming what we already knew to be true, Red Wine is the Best!

Personalized Wine Decanter and Stemware with His, Hers, and Ours Design with Font Selection (Set including Decanter, Stopper, and Stemware)

Personalized Wine Decanter

At Design’s the Limit, we have a whole section of our shop devoted to Wine and we encourage our customers to drink to good health, in good company, in moderation, and in style with a monogrammed glass! The perfect gift for any occasion and the best gift to give to yourself for all of your hard work in 2016!

I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me! I am working on a whole new set of paintings that I can’t wait to share with everyone.. I am also getting a certification in deciphering Heiroglypics – so that’s going to fun too. I would also like to take this opportunity to thanks the Etsy CIJ team for being the best and always including me in their posts and blogs. It’s really wonderful to be part of such an amazing community! Here is my entry : the colors I chose for this Cat Painting are also inspired by Egyptian Art. I have always felt cats make the perfect muse!

Cat painting - abstract - blue black gold cat - on 8x10 inch canvas

Abstract Cat Painting

Here’s to a golden 2017!

Looking forward to spending more time on creativity and creating in 2017! Learning new skills, improving my process and being ready for seasonal and holiday trends is what I have on my plate for the new year. We will see what time and life will allow but it’s great to have lofty goals!

Cozy Stitching Lady on Pocket of Turquoise Blue with White Dot Floral Mini Tote

 

My birthday is on the 8th January!

Friendship Bracelet Zigzag Macrame Knotted Wristband

Macrame Friendship Bracelet

I have to get started on cleaning out the closets and all that stuff that gets routinely ignored. Fun. but I am looking forward to making new stuff for my shop! Also, crafty stuff that I don’t sell – some sewing and some paper crafting – feeding paper to my Cricut!

I use my own calendars to help keep me organized. I have this one printed out and sitting on my desk:

Watercolor Printable 2017 Desk Calendar, 4 x 6 inch, Watercolor Splash Art Style, Home or Office Calendar, Instant Download

Watercolor Printable Calender

After the wind not blowing my way for the second half of last year, this year I’ve adjusted the sails and am heading in a better direction! The new me is looking after herself more, learning some new skills and remembering to take some time out to recharge the batteries!

She Stood In The Storm, Inspirational Quote, Typography Print, Nautical Print, Inspirational Print, Motivational Quote, 8 x 10 Print

Inspirational Quote

Wonderful submissions, thank you!

My New Year, New You is thinking more outside the box in my paintings and colors that I choose. I’ve started with this colorful Hippie Owl Paper Towel Holder and I invested in a new water color set to expand my business into even more creative ventures.

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Handcrafted Owl Paper Towel Holder

Sue from SuesAkornShop says

I’m hoping to become better organized this year. These small, cute mercury glass vanity jars and help me keep paper clips, buttons or things like cotton balls all in one area. They work well for small spaces and are cute, so it’s nice to display them.

Ornate Vanity Jar, Mercury Glass Jars, Mothers Day, Lidded Jars, Glass Container, Metallic Glass, Silver in Color, Decorative Jars, Storage

Ornate Mercury Glass Jars

Organization is always at the top of my list of things to do…As a crafter and maker of things my studio always seems to be a cluttered mess. I am also a list maker, and that seems to help me stay on track, but the most important thing for me is to be on time. This is a goal that can be easily attained by anyone, with the right equipment. On Etsy, I am a supply seller, so this year I am trying a couple new items, this is one of them:

Watch Face for DIY projects Silver tone Round with white face celestial stars moons

DIY Project supply -Watch Face

 

 

Bird Day

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This day is mostly about the plight of captive birds, but also about celebrating birds. This day is on 1/5.

There are so many birds in this world and so much to know about them. Here at CIJ we want to know what you have in your shop related to birds.

Leila Valois from ValoisFelts says I love birds, and they’re great fun to felt. Some of my favourites are curlews, pigeons and robins.

There’s not many come into my garden but I love all the ones that do and always have seeds and water available so they feel welcome.

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Red robin on spade decoration

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz said birds are so cute, I love to watch them and birds singing is the best sound in the morning. I planted my garden in such a way that it provides food, water and shelter for them, and I’m so happy that there is quite a variety of birds hanging out there.

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watercolor bird mini journal

Sue from SuesAkornShop states I love the spring time and when the birds are everywhere. I enjoy hearing the ships they make as they talk to and with each other. There are so many different kinds flying about and eating from the feeder and I love watching each and every one of them. I love owls, cardinals and robins are everywhere.

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Owl kitchen towel

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA discusses that I love to hear the cardinals in my back yard as they “talk” with each other about building their nest, raising their babies, and finding food to eat! Cardinals live in our area year-round, and enjoy feasting on berries from our flowering shrubs or the insects that they catch. The male cardinal has brilliant red feathers, but his mate is better equipped to blend into the foliage where they raise their young.

 

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Cardinals PDF applique quilt block

Linda from LazyYVintage says is it spring yet? Robins are always one of my favorites as they mean the winter is leaving and spring has began. I participate in the winter bird count, where with the Audubon Society you take a day to track the birds in your yard or local nature areas. We feed the birds and document the ones we see on that day. Unfortunately, Robins are not on our list as they migrate and will only be back in the spring.

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Shumann Bird on flower plate

Traci Braithwaite from mytoffeeapple said this original painting in ochre red oils.The Emu is an Australian native flightless bird the size of an Ostrich.
I love to see these characters the Emu running around in the bush and the open space where the Banksia trees grow in my coastal village located on the East coast of Australia.

Emu cushion cover

Emu cushion cover

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms states when I am in the garden or enjoying a walk in the neighbourhood I enjoy the sight and sound of the birds. We have had some hot days in Melbourne, Australia recently. In fact so hot (mid-30’s in ºCelcius) that we missed the sounds of the birds some days. They must have temporarily found a cooler and shadier place to hide from the sun and heat.

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

Birds,butterflies and other wildlife apron

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage discussed that I am a bird lover! We have lots of feeders around the yard and enjoy the songs and activity of many feathered friends. Winters can be brutal in Michigan, so we have a de-icer in the birdbath. On especially cold winter days—Bluebirds come to enjoy the warm water!

Girl and bluebird figurine

Girl and bluebird figurine

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says I am a bird lover, bird watcher, and bird feeder! In my previous career I work in animal welfare, so I am well aware of the sad state of affairs for captive birds. This includes birds in the pet industry and birds in the food industry.

I made this brooch (and her companions) to bring attention to the lives of battery hens who are used and abused in the egg industry. It may seem counter intuitive to make a beautiful piece of jewelry about a subject like this. However, it is different and eye-catching; and I’ve always found that people are more willing to listen about an issue if you approach the subject nicely. You can definitely speak out for the birds with my Hen brooch!

Chicken brooch

Chicken brooch

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE said I did a series of illustrations in October of girls wearing various types of masks. This is my “bird girl” – because who wouldn’t love to be a bird for a day?

Bird girl illustration

Bird girl illustration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter discussed that we love hearing the birds in our yard. We don’t have bird feeders in the trees because we have cats but we are having a feeder built on a pole that we will place away from the trees so our cats can not get them.

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Classic black and white bird gift tag set

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says we are bird lovers and are fortunate to have swallows come back to our yard and nest every summer. They make multiple nests underneath our deck and we get to see their babies. It’s a nice close up of nature.

This quilt is a celebration of all animals and includes special rows of birds, butterflies and ladybugs, along with different birds in trees surrounded by the animal kingdom.

Animal print baby quilt

Animal print baby quilt

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs said I love waking up every morning to the sounds of birds calling out and talking in the trees behind my house! Sometimes I lay in bed wondering what they are talking about.

Blue porcelain bird

Blue porcelain bird

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese discussed that I love going on bushwalks. Today I went on a walk around a lake and I loved to hear the birds singing.

These are some paper birds I have made that can be used for craft, card making, buntings…

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Christmas bird cutouts

Ginny C from GRCTreasures said love birds, for the last two summers I have had house sparrows nest in the wreath on my front door. I get to see the whole nesting, egg laying, hatching and fledgling up close!

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

Vintage signed Ken Edwards hand bell

spoiledfelines1 from SpoiledFelinesArt states that I love birds … and we have a couple of owl plaques in our shop!

I live in an area that’s rich with birds … and many species migrate through our area …

In fact, every year St. Bernard Parish hosts an annual bird festival in the spring … Artists & artisans, such as ourselves, show their finished works as well as demonstrating their various techniques …

At the bird festival, the LA Audubon Society capture, tag & release birds to gather info on their migration patterns … this is my favorite part of the festival because I get to help release the birds and watch them fly off!

Wooden owl wall art

Wooden owl wall art

Bislet from MerryXmasfromSweden wishes everyone a Happy Bird Day!

My favorite bird is the bullfinch. I even have a bullfinch picture on my mailbox! Bullfinches are extremely shy birds so it can take years until I see them in the garden. On very harsh winter days I might find them at my garden feeders.

Then I am happy for many days!

Did you know that the bullfinch has a special food sac? They have developed special food sacs which are positioned in the floor of the mouth, allowing the parents to bring back food to their chicks.

They are the only species of finch to have such sacs. Amazing birds!

Enjoy my Christmas table cloth showing bullfinches eating rowan berries so that you can admire them!

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Vintage Swedish Christmas Table Cloth

Plaids

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Plaid is a fabric that is usually checkered or tartan and usually made from wool. You usually see this in Scottish kilts,men’s shirts and many other textiles.

Here at CIJ we want to see all your plaids. It can be clothes,furniture and so much more.

msmadmax from madmaxshop says seersucker checkered patterned jacket with padded shoulders.
A wonderful vintage holiday gift item for that special someone on your list. Thin, soft, seersucker-like mini checkered plaid shirt in white, pink, blue, light green and black.

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90’s Vintage Plaid Shirt

Sue from SuesAkornShop said this plaid half apron is ideal for a man and yet a woman would look great in it as well. It’s great for anyone who works in the kitchen or it can be worn when eating to catch any lap spills.

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Red Plaid Half Apron

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls states Ralph Lauren is a master of mixing plaids, solids and patterns! This decorator pillow pattern is called Garrison Plaid, and is extremely versatile with an assortment of jewel toned colors!

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Ralph Lauren decorator throw pillow

Lanashane Robert from ICreationsBoutique says this green and blue plaid fabric makes this clutch unique. The stripe and checks on the pattern allows the clutch to be used with either side facing out and thereby creating a different look to compliment the outfit with the featured colors.

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Striped Clutch Checked Print

Draco N. Knut from DragoninKnots said this 12″ plaid fabric tree is a touch retro, but charmingly timeless. It’s made with vintage green and red cotton plaid. Great for offices, apartments, or other small spaces where you want to add a bit of instant Christmas cheer!

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Plaid Christmas Tree 12 inches

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop states there are a wonderful range of plaid patterns available in the renowned Harris Tweed hand-woven fabric. I discovered this gorgeous blue and purple last year and have used it several times. Here it is as a comfy cushion (accent pillow) to brighten your room.

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Harris Tweed Cushion cover in a blue and purple check

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital discusses that this Printable PDF set of papers has several pink and green plaid designs. I think the colors make it especially good for card making and scrapbooking for little girls. I really want to make more plaid papers, this time in jpg format. We will see if I find the time!

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Pink Plaid Digital Paper – Printable PDF – Pink, Green, Yellow – Plaid, Stripes, Dots – Scrapbooking

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says this fun vintage tape tin features a bright red and green plaid design.

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Red and Green Litho Tin Container

Secret Pal or Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Opal from Apron Strings Owl Lady 

They are used as a fun way to honor co-workers, to surprise other’s at holidays, birthdays and other events – even secretly sent in the mail – have you ever participated in a secret pal gift give-a-way?

Most are conducted by just leaving the gift on the person’s desk or workplace. Some of my friends call these Amigo Secreto (secret friend) or Amigo Invisible (invisible friend). What is this called in your country?

With Etsy, it’d be very simple to send secret gifts to special people in our lives. Thank you Alicia of AliciasFindings for thinking of this topic. Do you have items in your shop that would be perfect for this type of small gift giving? We’d love to see them and hear your story.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 I love Secret Santa gift exchanges at work! And trying to guess who the gift-giver was. The game often helps break the ice, solidify friendships and spark new ones!

Here’s a fun Secret Santa Gift great for the office – a mousepad adorned with Love Locks that used to adorn bridges that spanned the Seine River in Paris. The topic of the love locks will certainly bring out conversations and it’s perfect for a traveling buddy or to send a subtle romantic message. . . .

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Computer Mouse Pad Gift

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says

This is a fun and decorative gift for a secret santa. It’s fun to draw names and then see what cute little thing or funny thing you can find to make someone else smile. It’s always a fun surprise!

Winter Mittens Mini Sac Tote with Snowman Plushie

Winter Mittens Mini Sack Tote

Suzi TC from Oldewoods says

In my last office we had a Kris Kringle where all of our names were written down and went into a bucket. We each chose a slip (keeping it secret of course!) then bought a gift with a value up to $20 for our special colleague. All the pressies went into the Santa Sack and were given out at our Christmas Party. The Banksia Bomb was especially created with affordable festive giving in mind 🙂

Gift Pack - Natural Essential Oil Diffuser with Banksia Bomb Festive Oil Blend

Gift Pak – Banksia Bomb

Melissa R from missy69 says

Secret Santa is always so much fun! Most gift items are given a price of 25 dollars or less, or it used to be when I was in the working force. This leather wrap bracelet, is perfect as a friend or Secret Santa gift. Versatile, and affordable, in neutral colors for Fall and Winter wear. Free shipping, right now, until Jan 1, 2017 on all orders of 35 dollars or more.

Boho Chic Brown Glass Beads and White Glow Beads Single Leather Wrap Bracelet Fall Neutral Tones Handmade Jewelry Gift for Her

Boho Chic Brown Glass Beads

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 I always loved being the giver or the recipient on these Santa and secret pal gifting days. So much fun!

I would probably just make them something like this if it was for a church friend, or even a co worker that I knew what she liked. It’s a take on a country bird bath theme, a little rustic then turned into an inspirational white Dove gift.

Give God The Praise Inspirational Dove Gift, Secret Pal Secret Santa Gift, Country Bird Bath, Rustic haybale gift, Thank you Friendship gift

Inspirational White Dove Gift

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says

 At work when we did Secret Santa, it tended to be the secretary who organised who got their exchange – I think it involved lots of sealed envelopes!

I think this would be a lovely gift for a dog loving colleague, especially those who often have their pet photos on their desk. Or alternatively, it is suitable if you are in a group who posts their gift to their exchange partner

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Dog Lover Sign

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says

 I love Secret Santas, they are fun and just create joy. We did it back in college and my daughter did it with her friends while they were still in school. It was always very enjoyable to find a little gift. I have chosen a little holiday ornament on a 3×3 canvas that is not necessarily specific for Christmas but is perfect for any lover of nature, wild animals like moose and wolves, and just for winter in general. It can be hung in a tree, on a mantelpiece or wherever is space.
Mixed Media Christmas Ornament, Winter Landscape with Trees, Moose and Wolf, Full Moon Scene, Holiday Decoration, Original Canvas Artwork

Mixed Media Christmas Ornament

Circular Sarah Coventry Fire and Ice Lapel Pin Winter Holiday Wreath Gold and Silver Brooch Vintage Jewelry Stocking Stuffers Gift for Her

Circular Fire & Ice Brooch

For the co-worker or friend who loves holiday jewelry this Sarah Coventry fire and ice brooch is a perfect secret Santa gift; small, beautiful, and thoughtful.
If I didn’t already have one from a secret Santa friend, I might not of shared this one.

In college, we did a Secret Santa and it was loads of fun. It was a great way to get to know the other girls in my dorm and to relieve some of the stress from final exams.

One of the gifts that I received was an adorable stuffed hippo wearing a stocking cap nestled inside a small Christmas stocking. I still have him today and each year we place him under our Christmas tree.

For a sweet and easy gift for a Secret Santa gift exchange, this Christmas Cocoa Holder is perfect. Just add a packet of cocoa and a peppermint stick and your gift is ready to go.

Christmas Cocoa Holder - Hot Chocolate Favor - Stocking Stuffer - Gift For Coworker - Secret Santa Gift

Christmas Cocoa Holder

ay from DaffodilLaneStudio says

Secret Santa is especially fun when it’s HARD to figure out who gave what!! I like the Secret Santa game that involves SWAPPING! A gift is opened and the next person can choose to “keep or swap” for someone else’s already opened gift! It keeps the game going just a little bit longer! ( A favorite for my family – but then I have some ruthless swappers living at my house! )

Wouldn’t it be fun to choose a “vintage” Secret Santa gift for your next office exchange? This little cutie is a great choice because it works with any holiday décor. Perfect on your desk too! Vintage reindeer NEVER get thrown away! They just keep delighting young and old for years to come!

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Vintage Plastic Christmas Deer

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 We love secret Santa gifts that are both fun and functionable! These adorable Christmas carolers candles will sing their way into your hearts and decorate your home at the same time!
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Christmas Carolers Candle Figurines

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says

 Most of the gifts in our shop are individually personalized for the recipient, but we have the perfect gift for the stressed out coworker or anyone who needs to drink to their good health and for wellness. Available in Red or White stemless wine glasses or on any product in our shop.
Now "LOADING" Design Personalized Stemless Wine Glasses with Option to Include a Monogram in Choice of Font from Our Selection (Each)

Personalized Stemless Wine Glass

We originally created this design for the Net Neutrality movement, but decided to keep it around for love of the good fight and the humor of the double meaning which it invokes when engraved on a wine, whiskey, or coffee mug!

Artsy Lady from WeirdVanity says

 I love Secret Santa! Its a tradition i have been part of since my days in grad school. In school we were on a limited budget, so most of the presents were handmade, which was even more amazing! One of the gifts i received was a handmade Ganesha statue , another time i got a pencil sketch (which was super cool!). at work the budget was higher so that meant store bought presents like scented candles or mugs.

A really cool Secret Santa present would be this handmade custom pet portrait for that colleague or friend who loves his/ her pet!

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Custom Pet Portrait Necklace

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says

 Secret Santa brings back many fun memories of grammar school. Our teacher would ask us to bring ornaments into school handmade and give them to her in a brown lunch bag and she would distribute to students by hiding them in your locker or in your desk while you were at lunch or recess, which means you never know who got your ornament until they opened it. Secret was you couldn’t tell who got yours or who had you unless somebody squealed. One year in 4th grade I got a handmade wood bell ornament and many decades later its still displayed on my tree.

This would make a great Secret Santa gift for work or school or even for your child’s teacher.

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Crochet Christmas Angel Ornament

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says

 A Secret Santa gift exchange is all about the mystery and fun plus sharing the Christmas spirit. This small bear could sit on somebody’s desk at work and its festive and fun decor throughout the holidays.
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Collectible Teddy Bear Figurine

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says

 These Christmas coloured beads would make the ideal secret santa gift for the craft lover in your life! They are ideal for adding sparkle, bling and pizzazz to clothing, accessories handbags, quilts, wedding favours, table decorations and an array of craft projects.
Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Sew on Beads Available in Blue, Lime Green and Red Jewellery and Craft Supplies 1.8 cm x 1.1cm - quantity 20

Faceted Tear Drop Acrylic Beads

Sue from SuesAkornShop says
 Secret Santa’s are so much fun and it’s always a fun time trying to guess who the Santa is!

This vase is great for a co workers desk or for their home. Change the flowers with the seasons or occasions or keep your favorites in this gorgeous mercury glass vase.

Silver Mercury Glass Vase, Lined Glass Vase, Wedding , Anniversary, Silver Vase, Rounded Vase, Table Centerpiece, Flower Holder

Silver Mercury Glass Vase

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 We love Secret Santa gift exchanges! Whether it’s for a man or woman, just about everyone would love a great deck of Christmas playing cards! Host an office party or family gathering with a friendly game bridge or poker! A great way to kick start the Holiday season!
Vintage Hallmark Double Deck Christmas Playing Cards - Red Poinsettias - Holiday Poker Bridge Card Games - Card Party - Stocking Stuffer

Vintage Christmas Playing Cards

Julia from Fabpatterns1015 says

 A perfect Secret Santa gift; especially, for that favorite teacher! Stuffed, fabric apple, for ornament, shelf, curio, or where ever you wish to use it. Customizable, too!
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Apple Fabric Smiles Ornament

Christa from WintergreenDesign says

 Secret Santa exchanges have always been a great holiday tradition. Most of the secret Santa exchanges I have been apart of have included the exchanging of Christmas Ornaments… I think they are a thoughtful gift and whether you know someone well or not you are likely to find an ornament that will fit the person and your budget.

For a Secret Santa exchange I would definitely go with an ornament. In my shop I have dozen of designs that can be customized by color or hair style making an ornament perfect for your recipient.

Bearded Elf Ornament, Elf Decoration, Striped Elf Christmas Paper Quilled Ornament in Crimson Red, Customizable Beard, Stocking Stuffer

Bearded Elf Ornament

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says

 I loved being apart of the Secret Santa type parties they were so much fun!!!. As the bag was being passed around for you to choose a name you could tell everyone was hoping somebody who was a great gift giver pulled their name. So, I think getting something the person has listed on their wish list would be a pleasant surprise especially if this were there only gift.
Horses lanyard, badge holder or keychain

Horses Lanyard

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

 These colourful earrings would make a gorgeous secret santa gift for the jewelery lover. Imprinted with a flower decoration, these handmade earrings are lightweight and an easy transition from day wear to night attire.
Ceramic Earrings Handmade Jewellery Matte Light Blue Purple Oval with Flower design Imprint Comes in Handmade Gift Pouch

Handmade Ceramic Jewelry

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop says

 I have had several customers recently saying their purchase was for a Secret Santa gift. Since I already wrap all my items in tissue tied up with a simple satin ribbon, they are ready for giving. Here’s an idea that is even useful around the office:
British wool mug cosy / cup cover hand knitted in lichen green wool with wooden button

British Wool Mug Cosy

Esther-Nicole Designs from TheENDboutique says

 Perfectly Unique Holiday or Christmas Gift idea for your Secret Santa, or Holiday Christmas Party 35+ COLOR CHOICES

3pc Rose Pen Holiday Gift Set

3pc Rose Pen CHRISTMAS GIFT SET Holiday Christmas Party Gift Idea~Office Christmas Party Secret Santa Gift Mom Christmas gift idea Set Mom

Rose Pen Set

Pen Flower Bouquet Gift Set Perfect Gift to Co-worker, Best Friend or Floral bouquet/Flower Alternative for your Girlfriend, Wife or Mom.
Create a Custom Centerpiece for Home or Office Desk Décor.

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says

 I think secret santa is a lovely idea. Here is one for the ladies… If not your choice, I’ve other charmed items too.
Moon Charm Pendant, Christmas Present, Crystal and Bead Pendant, Ladies Pendant Gift, Gifts for Her, Moon Pendant, Blue Bead Pendant, Et 153

Moon Charm Pendant

Christmas In July – Savings Weekend

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

The Etsy Christmas in July Team has come together with some awesome savings from over 20 shops. There are many types of shops for you to receive savings on during this Black Friday through Cyber Monday! To see what discounts the shops are offering, please click on each banner.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!

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Gifts for Baby – Booties, Bibs And Nursery Decor

Contributor Post by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

You’ve been invited – the adorable invitation in hand! Someone is expecting a little bundle of joy, or you receive a custom order for the “cutest baby gift ever!”

What would you feature, make, give or recommend? An heirloom the baby might keep for a lifetime, or a matching outfit with duckies and butterflies?

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

Gift for Baby’s Room
This Elephant Bank is Old and Collectible, a Reminder of the Elephant Child’s Story, DUMBO. It is a special bank, rare and precious-Just like babies are precious. It will adorn a Nursery nicely and function as a savings Bank for Baby. As people visit they can add to the bank.

Large Elephant Coin Bank-Made of Chalk-Plaster-Retro Piggy Bank-Vtg 1940's-Yellow Hat-Upward Facing Trunk for GOOD LUCK-Child's Room Decor

Vintage Elephant Coin Bank

Melissa R from missy69 says:

Ocean nursery themes are very popular. So, I offer this adorable acrylic baby dolphin painting, with seahorse and coral. I have a matching sea turtle as well. All paintings are ready for you to frame and hang. Painted with acrylics on thick acid free art paper, 12×8 in measurement. Visit my shop to see all of my lovely paintings, and I can do custom orders too.

Clearance Sale Dolphin Seahorse Ocean Nursery Playroom Baby Shower Gift Boy or Girl Child Wall Art Original Art

Baby Dolphin Painting

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios says:

My personalized bunting name print is a very popular choice for the little ones to welcome them into their new space. You can customize the colors to suit your decor.

30% Off Christmas Sale Personalised Name Print, Nursery Print, Bunting Print, Kids Room Decor, Childrens, 8 x 10 Print, Children's Art, Colo

Personalized Name print

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Every baby needs his or her very own handmade quilt! The “Forest Frolic” quilt is just one of our unique quilt patterns, perfect for making that one-of-a-kind shower gift! We have a dozen different quilt patterns, with themes to go with Baby’s nursery decor, available in our pattern shop!

Happy quilting,
Ms P

Forest Frolic or woodlands animal applique baby or child's PDF quilt pattern; crossed canoes block; owl, moose, or beaver quilt pattern

Handmade Baby Quilt

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

These simple door hangers are a big hit. They are a perfect little extra something to include in gift baskets or even hand out at the hospital. New mothers really love the dual messages for breastfeeding in progress or simple, quiet please. And they are thin enough to slip in a purse and take to the office, gatherings, grandma’s house, anywhere the need arises.
Baby Sleeping Door Hangers, Baby's nursing, 3.74 x 8.74 Blue Yellow Baby Shower favors, breastfeeding in progress sign, Do Not Disturb

Baby Nursery door signs

Hello!
Oh, I have so many wonderful children’s decor. It was difficult to choose.
I stopped at the Fox. The most popular toy for baby nursery decor and gifts for any occasion.

Personalized felt fox toy, Fox stuffed animal , Plush Fox Toy, Fox nursery decor, Fox Stuffed toy handmade, woodland nursery decor, orange

Fox Baby Toy

Esther-Nicole Designs from TheENDboutique says:

 0-6 Months Crochet Mermaid Princess or Merman King of The Sea Gift Sets.

My CROCHETED BABY GIFTS are the BEST way, to Welcome a NEW ARRIVALS. Baby Shower or Everyday.

Custom Baby Shower Gift Set Newborn Crochet Mermaid/Merman Tail Mermaid Under the Sea Newborn Twins Baby Shower Gift Photograghy Photo Props

Baby Mermaid blankets

I just ADORE how this design GROWS WITH BABY and Mom will LOVE displaying pictures of HER GROWING Princess Mermaid or King of the Sea. As a Newborn, Tail can be wrapped around shoulders to keep baby warm. As they grow to a young Mermaid or Merman, tail can be worn at waist in the Traditional Style. Designed & Crocheted my me; making this truly a ONE-OF-A-KIND GIFT SET.

Whether your Shopping for a Unique GIFT Accessories, Party Favors, or Custom Decorations handmade Items are truly ONE-of-a-KIND, adding a LOVING touch to any Special Event.
Ideas and Custom Orders Welcome
Esther-Nicole Designs TheENDboutique

Rachel Placek from LoveandPetFurCrochet says:

Baby showers are so much fun! You will be the talk of the shower if you arrive with one of these adorable stuffed giraffes in colors that match the nursery. I can also include the baby’s initials and/or year of birth in the ears to personalize it a bit. I crochet for you, so custom orders are always welcome!!
Crochet Giraffe, Amigurumi Giraffe, Giraffe Stuffed Animal, Giraffe Plushie, Made to Order, You choose colors

Baby Knitted Giraffe toy

oppning from oppning says:

Well hi there!

When I search for a gift I always try to find something that fulfills 3 goals:
– appeals to me
– would appeal to the person who i buy the gift for
– be useful
This chair fulfills the 3 goals i think because it is beautiful, original and useful!

Olivier

Vintage Wooden Baby Toddler Toilet Potty Training Chair Tops for Tots 1940

Vintage Potty Chair

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When my daughter was born the most precious gifts we as new parents got were handmade items, and those were the ones that went into the memory box. Every now and then I look at them and feel the same joy again. When my friend had her first baby I knitted a cardigan for the little one in a larger size because I remember how quickly newborns tend to grow out of their adorable clothes. When I witnessed how happy this new mother was I knew that I wanted to knit similar items for my store. That’s how this cardigan came to life (perfect for a 6 to 12 months old baby), adorned with a little sheep because sheep are just adorable, right? And would we as knitters do without them?
Blue Baby Cardigan, Hand Knitted Baby Jacket with Sheep Intarsia , Merino Wool Sweater for 6 - 12 Months Old Baby, Warm Winter Cardigan

Knitted baby jacket with sheep

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

A baby garland made of pink booties is a delightful gift that would brighten a baby nursery. This can also be used for a baby shower or baby’s birthday. Very versatile and decorative!
Baby Girl garland for baby shower

Baby shower garland

Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE says:

Anyone expecting a baby in November or December would love the holiday-themed, handmade baby quilt. Take your new little one out in style during the holidays!
Christmas quilt pinwheel baby quilt, hand-quilted

Handmade baby quilt

FrameYourStory from Frameyourstory says:

Timeless keepsake for babies or baby! We can personalized your baby’s name in a footprint and apply it to a plaque sign just for your family to display. Showcasing your story!
Personalized names in foot print - Twins wall plaque gift - Our family just grew by 4 feet. New baby. Solid wood sign 11x22 boy or girl

Family baby footprint plaque

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

Every mom wants to have a cute nursery! Using this adorable owl hoop art hanging would do just that for the new little one’s wall. This owl wall decor measures 8 inches across. Just the right size for that small area that needs a touch of cuteness.
Owl Hoop Art, Wall Decor, Baby Girl, Embroidery Art, Nursery Decoration, Wall Hanging, Wool Felt, Baby Gift, Applique, Baby Shower Gift

Adorable Owl Hoop art Hanging

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

My daughter and I love finding old toys and baby items! We found this primitive bead doll at an antique festival this fall.

She’s a vintage “Mary Lou” doll from New Zealand! This doll is in “well-loved” condition–perfect for a Shabby Chic nursery!

Wooden Baby Toy Mary Lou Bead Doll Girl in Pink Dress 40s Wood Teether Rattle on String Cute Shabby Chic Nursery Decor Primitive Art Gift

Primitive Mary LoBead Doll

Ethical Infant from EthicalInfant says:

We think that this is a beautiful message for little nature lovers, that not only quotes a wonderful man (John Muir), but it’s organic construction matches its message! Good for the planet, great for baby!

Organic baby Clothes

Organic baby Clothes

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Currently trending is vintage baby clothes, especially these adorable one piece rompers from the 1940s-1960s! Great little outfits for a shower or newborn just ready to grow into!

Vintage baby girl romper

Vintage baby girl romper

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

It’s never too early to plan your children’s keepsakes and your precious memories in style. We offer several toothbox designs, can substitute any font we have available, and include a gift pouch perfect for preventing anything from being lost. Don’t let your teeth be lost in the sheets, place the toothbox in the pouch included and attach it to a stuffed animal to make sure it is right where you left it when the time comes to be discrete! #ToothFairyDuty

Litttle Boy's Personalized Tooth Fairy Box

Litttle Boy’s Personalized Tooth Fairy Box

The Story Behind Your Etsy Shop Name

Guest post by Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots

When I decided to open a shop and start my blog, I knew I wanted to raise awareness for Retinoblastoma, an aggressive cancer of the retina (in the eye) that has affected a few members of my family so to incorporate it, I came up with EyeLoveKnots. I don’t have many eye related or inspired items, but I do have a number of children’s items created for my little cousin’s affected by this cancer.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July team share the stories behind their shop names below! Enjoy!

Edna from AddaSplashofColour says:

I grew up with my Aunt who battled depression and I’ve lost family members to depression. There was a brief moment in my life when I was spiraling towards depression. It was after my husband’s brain surgery to remove a tumour. I had to quit my job in order to take care of him and my son which affected my confidence. So when I opened my shop I wanted to create colourful items that inject energy. Adding tastefully designed colourful items can be a great mood lifter. Especially in winter when is it is gloomy and grey here in Melbourne. Imagine how nice it would be to come home and find a room that is inviting.

AddaSplashofColour

AddaSplashofColour

Alison Kelly from DelanoDesignsHome says:

Delano is a family name and when I was having trouble thinking of what to call my business my daughter suggested Delano Designs. The Delano part of the family was very creative so it seemed like a great way to honor my family and I like how it sounds. Here is one of my newer blankets.

DelanoDesignsHome

DelanoDesignsHome

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

Hi, I’m Sharon from MsPDesignsUSA! My sister, Susan, and I design whimsical and unique quilt patterns

Our shop name came from our maiden name “Passmore”, along with the nickname that my brother-in-law used for my sister, “Ms P”. When we decided to pursue our dream of having a quilt pattern design business, we added the word “Designs” to her nickname, and then “USA” to the end of our name.

MsPDesignsUSA

MsPDesignsUSA

Emma and Ivan from treadandpedals says:

When we first started out our business name was Ivy & Em (our nicknames). We make jewelry, home wares and accessories through re-purposing old bicycle parts into fun and functional designs – we’re also (as you’ve probably already guessed) slightly obsessed with bicycles.

As our business grew we felt we needed to have something that reflected our brand, the products we make and our story a little more… we decided on Tread & Pedals.

We use the tread of bicycle tyres to make our belts and we pedal our wares – we also make wheelie cool clocks (and love puns, especially cycling related).

treadandpedals

treadandpedals

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

Emma Kay is actually my middle name. The Kay comes from my Aunty – it is also her middle name. My mum gave it to me when I was born.

I chose the Emma part. I chose it when I was 8 years old. My step dad was adopting me legally. Mum asked me if I wanted to change anything about my name, since we were going through all the paper work anyway. I asked to add Emma.

Singer-songwriter Bon Iver made an album called ‘For Emma, Forever Ago‘. I heard it for the first time on a friend’s old Toyota’s car stereo during a road trip from Sydney to Canberra during autumn – clear blue skies, multi-coloured leaves, a chance to get to know one another better.

I’ve listened to the album many times since then, but could barely tell you what the lyrics are. I listen to the melodies and the slow rhythms. Its an album I put on when I need to sooth myself.

One of the songs on the album is called ‘For Emma’. Bon Iver has described Emma as “an elusive subject… Emma is a statement, a sentiment and a closing of my own history.”

He elaborated further in another interview: “Emma isn’t a person…Emma is a place that you get stuck in. Emma’s a pain that you can’t erase.”

His words resonate with me. I agree that Emma is a feeling. But Emma to me is not pain so much as sentiment. Longing and loss. A moment from childhood that flashes through your mind before you can catch it all.

I don’t want to erase Emma. I want to keep it. Hold it close. I want to curl up with it on the lounge while I gaze out of the window and reflect on days past.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

Jack Jack’s Wayart came to be in part my nick name is Jack Jack the Way art come as my style of art. So I put the two words a one Wayart.

It took me some time to decide on a name one day it just came to me. I like my shop name it just fits

My shop offers custom design one of a kind door decor. Me.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We developed our concept before we chose a name for our business and when it came to choosing our name it was difficult. When you specialize in offering designs and accepting custom orders for inspired designs, we needed a name which described the concept of our endeavor. Combining The Sky is the Limit with Graphic Design Artwork, Design’s the Limit was born. We couldn’t find any other businesses with our name, so we purchased the domain and registered a trademark for our business. We welcome custom design requests and as we say, “We can design for any ideas you have in mind!”

DesignstheLimit

DesignstheLimit

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

My shop name came about because after earning my Doctorate in 2009 my partner started calling me DD (Doctor Dawn), so this eventually translated into DeeDee, ergo DeeDeeDeesigns!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Tammy Richardson from VintageCastaways says:

My animal rescue is called Castawayacres that is what I named my shop to start out with. As I use a lot of my profits from the shop to help buy food and pay vet bills on the animals I rescue.

I have a few months back changed the name to VintageCastaways to give it more of a feel for what I sell.

That is how I became VintageCastaways.

VintageCastaways

VintageCastaways

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

I have an antique booth that I started out with first, so I really didn’t have a name for it.

I decided I wanted to go online and really try this avenue and make it a success.

My husband came up with my shop name. He used my name and said since I search out items for my shop then I am selecting vintage items and salvaging them from garage sales, estate sales, and others.

I really like it and the alliteration, he loves alliterations so go figure.

ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I named my shop after my father in law who passed away. I opened it to help me deal with my grief and to keep his memory alive. He was a special guy.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

Jennifer from CocoaDragonfly says:

I’m not sure I like it anymore, but “CocoaDragonfly” comes from our first rabbit, Cocoa, and our many dragonflies here. I like it, until I say it out loud!

CocoaDragonfly

CocoaDragonfly

Liesbeth Visscher from JHFWBeadsAndFindings says:

First it was Zathura. I was thinking of a catchy name but i realized I had to make something that can relate to my handmade jewelry.

So, one evening i was Just Having Fun With Beads And Findings and so JHFWBeadsAndFindings was born!

And this was the necklace i was making that evening.

JHFWBeadsAndFindings

JHFWBeadsAndFindings

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says:

This is going to totally sound corny compared to all your stories, because all of you have put such important meaning into your shop names, and mine was sort of an accident.

My legal business name has been Sachs Design since 1999 – hence my last name is Sachs (pronounced SAX) I really wanted to get vanity tags for my car one year with my business name on them but I couldn’t fit all the letters so I figured out that I could do:

SAX D SIGN

and squished them all together – and there ya go – it evolved into Saxdsign

I have since moved (13 years ago) and those old tags had to be turned in. Maryland doesn’t offer that many spaces on their plates so I have different tags now, but kept SAXDSIGN as a brand now.

See not very exciting!

saxdsign

saxdsign

toysfrom70s from toysfrom70s says:

When we first opened everything listed was toys and all were from the 1970’s easy way to find us. Since then we’ve added some collectibles. Seems easy to remember when searching online too. Pretty oldies but goodies available for a fun era in history.

toysfrom70s

toysfrom70s

Kitchen Kitsch

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC

The word kitsch can be defined as art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

The kitchen was always the heart of our home, where family all gathered around for good food and good times.  Kitchen items always seem to be particularly garish especially cookie jars, salt and pepper shakers, as well as canister sets.

Growing up in the 60’s we had a covered wagon cookie jar that was manufactured by MCCoy Pottery Company.  I always loved the bright colors and the uniqueness of this particular piece. My Mother, who was an avid baker, always kept it filled with freshly baked cookies.  I don’t recall what happened to our beloved cookie jar, but would love to have it in my kitchen today.

Another piece of our family kitchen kitsch that I loved was my Mother’s Porcelier Teapot by Hearth Vitreous China. This beautiful vintage teapot features a pastel colored country hearth on the side. It has a spinning wheel, a fireplace, and a rocking chair.  This piece has a place of honor in my kitchen today sitting on top of my vintage Hoosier cabinet.

I asked my teammates at Etsy Christmas In July to share their stories of kitchen kitsch memories along with a kitchen kitsch item to go along with it.

Sue from SuesAkornShop shared this memory:

Since I was a young girl around the holidays I would start baking for family and friends. I used my Grandma’s cut out recipe. Every year up until Grandma’s death, I made sure I made her cookies. The cut out were rolled thick and frosted heavily with butter cream frosting. Grandma passed away over 10 years ago, but I continue the tradition baking cookies for family and friends. I miss you Grandma! This towel reminds me of her.

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Christmas themed kitchen hand towel

 

Catherine Caramanica from BlkBttrflyDsgns recalled:

I can remember the family always having a slice of something yummy on nice plates with a cuppa tea or coffee. When I saw this set I couldn’t resist. I actually bought it many years ago and it’s been in my Hutch every since.  Hoping for it to go to a lovely family who loves to eat and dine as much as my big Italian family does.

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Snack Plates With Cups

 

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit shared this:

We specialize in creating personalized keepsakes which can be both appreciated and put to good use. Our newest listing is the perfect example of how much a personalized gift will give back. The set includes a reversible bread board which is engraved on one side and we offer the additional option of engraving a gift message on the bottom. The bread knife is included and stores conveniently in the center and the three ceramic dishes may be used for presenting your appetizers in the most appetizing manner.  Monogrammed table settings make the perfect conversation starter.

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Design’s Personalized Bruschetta Bread Board Set

Sue from MissIvyVintage remembered:

As a child in the 50’s, I remember visiting my grandmother upstairs on Saturday mornings when she did her baking. (In the 50’s she worked during the week right along side my Grandfather as a paper hanger.) Except for very heavy batters, she eschewed the electric hand mixer and always used a rotary hand egg beater for the lighter things like eggs and whipping cream. The smells in her kitchen were terrific! This item reminds me of her.

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Vintage 1920’s Hand Egg Beater

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage said:

My passion for cooking started with my mother. As a child we would play chef and I would help her cook. I learned knife skills and the basics. I love those memories with my mom and our time together and her teaching me how to cook.

Now as an adult I love using vintage utensils, like my old garlic masher and a potato masher. I cook with my husband we enjoy making classic southern food and creating new dishes.

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Vintage Foley  Food Mill Hand Crank

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage told this story:

As a teen, I remember how proud I was when I memorized the recipe for Blonde Brownies with Chips! I loved sampling a spoonful of the butter and sugar before the rest of the ingredients went into the batter!

I enjoy the tulip details on this flour sifter and hearing that “gritty” noise when I squeeze the handle!

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Vintage 1950’s Metal Flour Sifter

NANASSOAPS from NANASSOAPS states:

Remembering when we had fresh eggs for breakfast. Now my daughter carries on that tradition. Her children take turns going out to the chicken coop to get them.

2 Brown Egg Soaps

2 Brown Egg Soaps

 

Musical Conclusion – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

“Guest Blog Article: “Musical Conclusion” by Michelle Emma Kay of EmmaKayInks

What is your Christmas Inspiration?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Christmas. The part I loved the most about it was singing Christmas carols. My mum played the piano and I sung the songs. We would practice for months in advance. Then on Christmas eve we would put on a performance for the family. I would often make and give out Christmas carol themed crafts at this time.

Musical Conclusion

I’d like to share three of my favourite Christmas songs:

‘Little drummer boy’ is one of the songs that my mum and I perfected together. She practiced it over and over to get the riff right. I practiced over and over to the par rum pa pum pum parts right.

I love that ‘Peace on earth’ is also included because this to me is one of the main messages of Christmas.

Here is the David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of the song.

Another favourite Christmas song of mine is ‘God rest ye merry gentlemen’. It’s also one that we performed for the family together.

One part of my Christmas obssession was learning the lyrics to every verse of every Christmas song. I can tell you that this one is a difficult one to remember with lots of verses.

I really like the melody of the song, the way that it dances along, up and then down again. I like that it references being saved and that gives me hope.

The last line of the chorus “tidings of comfort and joy” really does encapsulate Christmas doesn’t it?

The final song I would like to share is ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey.

Being a child of the 1990’s, I remember when it was released. I was a big fan of Mariah at the time and it is first and favourite Christmas pop song.

In particular, reminds me of the Christmas holidays after I finished high school (In Australia we have a long 5 week holiday over summer that includes Christmas). Each year when I hear it, it brings back on the excitement of Christmas.

It’s not just about whichever crush I have that year. It’s really expresses the celebration of that time of year for me.

I asked other Etsy sellers who are participating in Christmas In July what their favourite Christmas songs are and here are their answers.

Katrina from BygoneAllure says:

This got me thinking whether ‘Hallelujah’ (by Leonard Cohen) is a Christmas Song. And I concluded whilst I love it – it is less of a Christmas tune for me than ‘Amazing Grace’.

Bono singing it is mighty fine and he sings the heart of it in this short piece.

Mallori from MGPCreations says:

I would say my favourite Christmas song is ‘O Holy Night’. I love the lyrics and love singing it every Christmas. Just brings the meaning of Christmas out and is such a powerful song.

So many good versions out on YouTube but you can’t go past a good Celine Dion cover.

Melissa from 89stitches says:

I would have to say my favourite christmas song is ‘All I want for Christmas is you’. It is from one of the sweetest and funniest movies “Love Actually”!

CarolaBartz from CarolaBartz says:

My favorite song is The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole.

I love it because it is kind of old fashioned and has a beautiful atmosphere – I can picture the chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the anticipation and the very special non-commercial Christmas mood. Plus, Nat King Cole’s voice is just delicious!

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

My favourite song is ‘Silent Night’ and I love this version.

Christmas is more than just gifts and this song is a reminder of all Christmas is.

Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I think it has to be ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’!

I love this version of the song sung by Australian children’s band The Wiggles because they came to fame when my (now adult) children were young – yes I have been to several concerts.

I also love it because it is an empowering song for children in terms of its overcoming ‘bullies’ message. It always brings a smile to my lips.

Flora from Littlegiftsofnature says:

‘God Bless Us Everyone’ is my favourite Christmas song.

Lovely the beautiful melody and meaningful lyrics. Mr. Bocelli’s voice is amazing. ‘Christmas Carol’ is always my favourite novel.

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ (Merry Christmas) by Bing Crosby.

It reminds me of being in Hawaii on Christmas day fond memories.

 

Alicia from AliciasFindings says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘Feliz Navidad’.

I have loved this song since my middle school days (junior high). It is so upbeat and fun, which is what the season is to me.

Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage says:

My favorite Christmas song is ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas’.

I like this song, but it’s actually my husband’s favorite, which I think is so cute since he is a big burly guy that adores this song. On our first Christmas I found (on Etsy) a vintage Christmas ornament that plays this song. We keep it on a shelf year round.

Food And Drink – #CIJParty 2016

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Another new addition to our third annual Etsy Christmas In July Party this year is food and! What is a party without refreshments?

I invited members of the Etsy Christmas In July members to share their food and drink items.

Eleni from LenasCakes says:

Actually is this one. Totally CIJ , right?

As you all see it’s Santa. And his belt.

Making it at first, I thought it would be one of my Xmas items, for those who want their cupcakes decorated in a Holiday gathering.

Well, although I have sold it for Xmas season, it has most sales-believe it or not!- in July! There are a lot of people who love Christmas and they don’t want to celebrate only in December, but all year round!

(I’m sending one set of those next week, that’s why it’s the first I thought).

Have a great #CIJ Party everyone! And a lovely summer!

LenasCakes

LenasCakes

Jackie Irvin from JackJacksWayart says:

A sweet cupcake to fill his tummy so yummy!

Dash away Dash away all.

And to all a good night.

JackJacksWayart

JackJacksWayart

Michelle Emma Kay from EmmaKayInks says:

In April I participated in “Creative Sprint (www.creativesprint.co/). Each day you are emailed a prompt and you make something in response to it.

The prompt for one day was “make something from a collection”. I went into the kitchen and saw my partner’s left over popcorn. I photographed a collection of them and drew them.

It was then that I realised that like snowflakes and finger prints, every piece of pop corn is a little bit different. I also enjoyed the way their forms looked when they are a bit abstracted. And thus, it became the basis of my first post it note design.

EmmaKayInks

EmmaKayInks

Christine Parker from modernimpressionist says:

There is a coffee shop in Chelsea Market in NYC that has the best roasted coffee and it is such a treat to brew and drink a cup of steaming hot coffee at home. Here is a bag of their coffee in front of one of my paintings in the background and a floral still life waiting to happen!

modernimpressionist

modernimpressionist

Sue from SuesAkornShop says:

I have always seen cups decorated with fabric here and there. I thought it was something that I would like to try to make and came up with this fabric cup sleeve. I thought it would be neat to make one for our holiday get together and then after they were used at the party the people could take home the one that they used for their drink. I put a few in the shop for various holidays as well.

SuesAkornShop

SuesAkornShop

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique shop!

We love the graphics showing a woman displaying her archery skills!

It was made by the University of Wisconsin Dairy.

WillowValleyVintage

WillowValleyVintage

Tanya Hardman from TheWoollyTangle says:

So, I love tea. And I have children, so I often get cold tea! Tea cosy’s seemed the way forward. Since this is my first year joining in with christmas in July I thought I’d get the ball rolling by starting with some fun festive silliness. Why not turn the tea pot into a Christmas pudding?! Just don’t cover it in brandy and set fire to it. Won’t make your tea taste better!

TheWoollyTangle

TheWoollyTangle

Ashley Babula from ABStudio62 says:

Fall and Winter holiday beverages from my favorite coffee shop are something I look forward to every year. My favorite, the Peppermint Mocha Latte, inspired this piece of holiday decor in my shop.

All of my signs are hand painted and designed by myself. I created this piece to look like a chalkboard to coordinate with rustic holiday decor. I use a stretched gallery canvas and permanent materials to make the sign. Lettering cannot be erased.

My shop opened in April, so this will be my first year participating in CIJ. I’m excited for the promotion! I’m still creating a few more items to add to my inventory to join this holiday piece!

ABStudio62

ABStudio62

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

“À Table”

Dinner’s Ready, it’s time to eat!

My mother would call all seven of us kids to the table with this French phrase. We might have been in the middle of what we thought was something very important, but we knew, if we heard our mother call that phase, we’d better hurry and wash up!

A perfect print or printable to accent any kitchen or dining room.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Lizzy and Boo from LizzysBibsandBobs says:

‘Twas the night before Christmas …You’ve heard this before !? Anyway Santa has been hard at work and needs some refreshments, so wouldn’t he love to find this sweet little plate filled with delicious Christmas Cookies waiting for him!

LizzysBibsandBobs

LizzysBibsandBobs

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

I love food and sharing food…. it is a great way to celebrate and feel close to family and friends.

I have lots of food and drink relate products in my shop, such as this set of nesting bowls which are great for condiments, olives, chutneys, dipping sauces – you get the idea!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Rosalia and Linda from Doublemuse says:

Throwing a nice holiday party is almost as fun as throwing clay and making pottery. When I can incorporate both loves it’s a win win. This sea shell chip and dip plate I made really brings my two passions together.

Doublemuse

Doublemuse

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

When I think of food and drink I see my friends sitting around a big wooden table where we share a home cooked meal. The table is set beautifully which is an important part of the meal and the experience of eating (and laughing) together. Place cards are a nice and personal touch, and you can even take them home with you if you like.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

Come, friends, come, eat and drink with Pulcinella!

Pulcinella is the old Naples character, he has a great personality and his own philosophy and ….is always hungry.

He’s aware of his problems, but always smiling.

He’s disrespectful and makes fun at powerful people.

I wanted to honor him with something non-conventional, so I created this centerpiece, in cooperation with a talented ceramics crafter from Vietri sul Mare*.

And so was born my Pulcinella, the Naples king of the table!

A piece for connoisseurs, who will be able to appreciate the creativity of the whole piece, the added value of ceramics from Vietri sul Mare*, the so thorough miniatures.

It’s one-of-a-kind centerpiece, where a fine ceramic Pulcinella, the Naples character, and so many incredible miniatures stand out.

This rustic Mediterranean centerpiece is a parade of typical Neapolitan food and Pulcinella stands in the middle, ready to enjoy them all.

In one hand he holds a glass of wine, from his arm a salami is hanging and he’s surrounded by a lot of many other local delights: anchovies, tomatoes, salami, bread, eggs, apples.

Couldn’t Pulcinella eat any pizza? No, definitely! He got three!
And with all this food, a good wine in a wicker bottle.

This centerpiece will be perfect in the middle of any table, bringing cheerfulness at the first glance and adding a touch of Neapolitan life.

* Vietri sul Mare is a small village on the Amalfi Coast, very close to my town Salerno.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

It’s famous in Italy and all over the world for ceramic tiles and all kinds of decorated crockery.

It’s ceramic traditions have their roots in the Etruscan period.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo