Back In Time

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

The Etsy CIJ team is full of vintage and retro treasures.  From Art Deco mirrors and vintage recipe boxes to finely preserved antique music programs. Adorn bright retro dresses with brooches and pendants that brings us back to the ‘good ol’ days’ or evoke cherished memories.

Mairi from mairidesign says

Pop ‘back in time’ each day as you put your make-up on in this Art Deco style mirror. A century ago this style captured the hearts of our grandparents and, with bold geometric patterns, it continues to add a touch of decadence in today’s modern homes.
Those reminiscing about the “good old days” can’t help but remember how popular this pin up girl was back in her day! This adorable scarf pendant slide is the perfect gift for a gal who knows how to have fun. It adds a touch of whimsical class to any accessory collection!

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says

Brooches were once popular items of jewellery to enhance an outfit. As with all things they seem to be making a resurgence, My timber brooches are made from offcuts of rare and beautiful timbers. These will last for eons. The finding is screwed, not glued to the timber and I use findings of the highest quality that I can find. Truely a beautiful thing that takes you back to a time gone by.

I found this lovely and unique recipe basket at an estate sale. Inside were some blank recipe cards, but no old recipes. To find some old recipes would have been the icing on the cake…but this cake would have to go without icing for now…Do people still use recipe boxes or do they just save recipes on their social media or their computers, iPads, or Smart Phones? The recipe box may be a thing of the past.
From a time when travelling by ship was the only way to get to where you wanted to be. From the Cunard Steamship Gallia. this 1883 this shipboard concert program speaks to the entertainment of the day and the fund raising efforts of the time. That it has been preserved and survived all these years fascinates me.
I love fashion ! But fashions from the past has such a wonderful story to be told. Although this dress is not vintage it is inspired from the times of the past 1950 I call it my “I Love Lucy” dress. I remember watching that show with my family and laughing so much!

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says

I love all things vintage and each of my creations starts with a vintage piece or two. This repurposed picture frame has fun retro style and features a collection of vintage buttons and jewelry parts. It’s the perfect way to display a photo or keepsake with special memories!

It happened 40 years ago. My parents went to my brother in Switzerland at Christmas. I was left alone on a holy night. When they came home with a nice woolen bed blanket as a gift.This cushion is made of this bed cover. It is a retro style.

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What’s In Your Office Bag?

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Most of us when we go to work have a bag or some other container that has projects, items for the office and so on. If you work at home you most likely have a bin or such too.

We want to know what items you have in your office bag or something for an office.

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says our ‘Nursing’ door hangers are perfect for home and office. Small and portable, they easily fit into a purse or diaper bag, so keeping co-working abreast of what’s going on behind that door is child’s play. Keep one in your bag, one at home and one at the office. Take one just about anywhere you plan to breastfeed or pump.

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Baby sleeping door hanger

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit said the one thing that you should never be without is the one thing more powerful than a gun, a pen. Make sure to get your pen back every time with personalization. We offer a variety of pens including maple wood, rosewood, and bamboo and have both the twist ballpoint pens and rollerball ink pens too. Choose any font we have available to make your pen unique to your personality! We have a whole section of our shop devoted to office gifts for professional gift giving occasions throughout the year. Ship direct with gift cards and gift wrap available and make every gift giving opportunity a personalized gift experience @DesignstheLimit

Rollerball pen

Mairi from mairidesign states I like to dress my bag up with some lovely glass beads. I can attach these danglers to my keys, zips or handles, and fidget with them when commuting to and from work. On a stressful day, they can act as worry beads – beautiful and functional!

Pink glass beaded keyring

Cindy from Cynhumphrey says one thing that I always throw in my office bag when I get to work is my keys. Everyone has keys and this cute movable sexy cat key ring is a fun accessory to own! Perfect for any cat lover or lady with class!

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Sexy cat keyring

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said I always carry some blank inside notes in case I need to write something down or need to leave someone a note.

Classic notes set of 6

Bevan from TimberDimensions states reading is education, education is growth. I always have a Book Bird close to hand so that I can keep up with the latest trends, comfortably.

Page holder

Przemila from CanisArtStudio says the business card holder is necessary for both your own business and at work. I made this small item, especially for the businesswoman.The hand-painted wooden case with little spring songbird in pastel colors is a nice addition to a woman’s handbag in every situation.

Of course, you can order another with your favorite bird or another theme.

Hand painted business card case

Mommy And Baby

Contributor Post from Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird 

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming a new little one into our family — my neice’s new baby Scarlett. As closest ‘Auntie’, I get to babysit and cuddle and enjoy all the thrills of an infant and growing baby, and I am thrilled! I loved learning about how my teamies celebrate the beloved babies in their lives and what they offer to help the rest of us celebrate; check it out!

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam said:

It’s a girl! We are expecting our first granddaughter on Thanksgiving! Little girls like to dress up. Mommies and grandmas like to dress up little girls from hair to shoes! Girls can be expensive. Here’s a chalk elephant bank to savevfor her future. It holds lots of money in this big bank secured with a plug.

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Large Elephant Coin Bank Chalk Plaster Piggy Bank Retro 1940’s Yellow Hat Upward Trunk for GOOD LUCK Child’s Room Decor Child’s Bank Gift

After the birth of my son, I was inspired to create this piece after listening to the song “Carry” by Tori Amos. The quote: “here I will carry you forever” deeply resonated with me, and provided the jumping off point for this piece. Ultimately this powerful illustration symbolizes the idea that even after birth, I will always carry my son with me. A beautiful gift for new moms and a precious heirloom for children to come.

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Mother’s Heart and Child Print, Motherhood Illustration, Meaningful Gifts for Mothers Doulas, Nursery 8×10 Graphic Art Print, Wall Decor

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals said:

Adorable little colorful memory paci charms for the proud auntie and all the relatives. Great for purse, planners, anywhere a little color and bling is required! Congrats to all new moms!

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Kitschy bright acrylic binky – baby zipper pulls – shower favors – pacifier – stitch markers – diaper bag – new mom gift, LizPoriginals

There’s nothing like welcoming a new life into the word, full of hope and promise and dimpled cheeks and soft coos. Congrats Sheila and Shannon!

Whenever a new baby arrives in my extended family, the aunts and uncles and cousins go wild decorating the family’s front yard and door with signs and balloons and banners and storks.

Here’s a sweet heart full of baby love to welcome a new girl.

Our printable baby art is perfect for decorating a nursery or adding to printed and digital announcements.

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Pink Nursery decor, Baby shower gift, Printable Pastel Pink Baby Love art, baby girl’s room, baby shower party decor, diy pink heart poster

Vaishali Chudasama from NVillustration said:

Papercut portrait in layer its very beautiful customize portrait of her.

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Custom Baby Paper Portrait- Paper cut Portrait -First Borthday- Gift Idea- Birthday Gift- Baby Shower- Free shipping- NVillustration

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said:

Here is cute vintage 1960’s maternity dress with lovely and colorful polka dots and rainbow striped.

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Vintage 60s dress Polka dot Chevron A line summer Maternity dress Small

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Maybe a functional item that allows mum to have some me time…reading a book.

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Page Holder. Book Bird. Thumb book holder. Page Pal. Book Buddy. Book Holder. Victorian Ash

Sue Kenny from SusySewandSew said:

I loved it when I had my babies, recieving hand made items. I especially loved the quilts/blankets that baby could use for play time on the floor.

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Baby quilt, pram quilt, floor play , chicken quilt, chook quilt, baby blanket, newborn gift, farm animal quilt

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset said:

How about a little positivity hanging in the nursery or child’s room. A simple reminder that you are loved, to be happy, smile, dream, and love your family.

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Wall Decor Family UpCycled Cottage Chic We Are Family Laugh, Love, Smile, Faith, Dream, Imagine Believe Gold and Yellow Wall Hanging Gift

Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium said:

After the excitement of welcoming my own sweet little bundles and now having had the joy of six precious grandchildren, I always feel a little sentimental when I think of a new baby arriving.

Here is a bit of nostalgia for the new one’s nursery decor — “Wish Upon A Star” nursery rhyme collectible plate.

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Wish Upon A Star Plate, Collectible, Baby Gift, Nursery Decor, Home Decor, Blue

SosoMe from Sosomeshop said:

Congrats on your latest addition to your family.
My novelty lady figure cushion is not only a stylish addition to any home but is also perfect for Mums, Dads, and babies because of its unique design which can act as a comfy resting spot for the baby and also act as a comfy neck support for you when you most need it.

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Novelty African print lady figure cushion ankara pillow accessories handmade gifts for the home gifts for men and women

Many thanks for all the great shares!

Until next time,

Sheila

Favourite Items You Have Made

Contributor post by Julie from EveryoneLovesGifts0.

Everyone has a favourite item that they have made, you pride yourself over it and customers love it.

We at CIJ love to see pictures and know what Favourite Items You Have Made? Why is it your favourite? Below are some favourite items.

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says: This is a new design, and one of my favorites because I just love the way the little flowers and vase turned out. I used the same image in a birthday card as well but with dots for the background. I’m having fun with new design techniques and this is one example.

Printable Mother’s Day card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard and Tatiana’s from DesignstheLimit says: Most of the decanters in our shop are 100% lead-free crystal and safe for storage, but we have one flint glass or lead crystal decanter available. Originally discovered by Englishman George Ravenscroft in 1674, the technique of adding lead oxide improved the appearance of the glass and made it easier to melt. The use of the term lead crystal remains popular for historical and commercial reasons. Lead crystal glassware was formerly used to store and serve drinks, but due to the potential health risks of lead, this has become rare. They are still beautiful works of art to be appreciated for their beauty and we have only one available while supplies last. We specialize in sandcarved wine and spirit decanters and offer a selection of design and font choices accepting custom order requests.

If you are looking for the ultimate gift for the men and women in your life, give a personalized gift that will be treasured and can be put to good use! We have a number of lead-free decanters available and look forward to working with you to build the wet bar of your dreams. Ship direct to your gift recipient with gift wrap and gift cards available!

Deep Carved Crystal Decanter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lida Pereira from lililapt says: This towel set of three pieces (small, medium and big) is my favourite, although I love all the pieces I embroider and/or crochet.

In my opinion, they are beautiful, the colours are fantastic and the quality of the material is exceptional. They were made WITH lots of LOVE!!!

Bathroom towel sets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says: Why is this stool my favourite? Probably because I am a fan of seemingly simplistic design. This stool operates like a finely tuned watch. The engineering involved to make the item work as intended is quite involved. I have, over time, evolved the making process to enable me to offer the item at a reasonable price with a high level of build quality. Soon to be available in three different height. Each change of height requires the reengineering of 4 elements to ensure that the item operates as intended. The devil is in the detail. I love it!!

Folding stool or side table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says: I would have to say that my favorite part of being an Etsy seller is the chance I get to make custom art and signs. I really love helping make an event special. And I take pride in the fact that I work really closely with each customer to get their personalized print or printable just right.

Custom quote digital sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all who has took part in this blog, it was lovely reading about your Favourite Items.

Julie

Man Made

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

We usually want to know about handmade items, as this is a site where handmade tends to rule (with a few exceptions), but this blog post is all about men. Yes men!

If you are a male #EtsyCIJ seller/creator we want to know about you, your shop and a few things about what got you started.
For example:
1. Was it a hobby that turned into a job?
2. How did you get started on etsy?
3. How did you discover your passion for the craft,etc?
and so on……………..

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says my furniture / homewares making business grew from an opportunity and has developed into a passion for both the materials I work with as well as the design process. It all started from a humble timber bathmat. I made one, from material that would otherwise ended up in landfill. I got asked to make another, then another and soon I was making and selling the product at weekend markets. 20 years later, I still attend markets as I so enjoy the interaction with customers.

Selling on Etsy came about as a result of reading a newspaper article and I decided to open a shop and see how it would go. It has taken some time to develop products that are best suited to online global trading, and I still have more work to do in that regard.

My true passion for what I do came about from browsing design references at the library and coming across a design for a folding stool. I made one, saw that there were inherent flaws in the design, but loved the product. It then became my personal mission to resolve the design. Many prototypes later I have a unique design for a folding stool / side table that is functional, strong, unique, versatile, and most importantly stunningly beautiful. Simplicity in appearance, but technically difficult to easily replicate. The devil is indeed in the detail.

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Folding stool or side table

Flame – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

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 Spring 2017 is Flame.

PANTONE 17-1462 Flame

A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun-loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Flame! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Here’s a fun way to keep halls quiet and motivate students during testing season (coming up for lots of High School students right now). It’s printable, so it’s quick and easy and always at your finger tips. Would make a great teacher gift or home school decor.
StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

Linda from LazyYVintage says:

I just love this vase. The geometric designed and the wonderful color. Although it is a flower vase, it is beautiful and unique just as it is.

LazyYVintage

LazyYVintage

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I always wanted to wear cowboy boots. This Amberino flame glass boot makes me want to wear cowboy boots!

PearlsVintagebyPam

PearlsVintagebyPam

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

As orange can be such a warm and fiery color, it always fascinates me how colors come together. When knitting this hot pad with Noro Kureyon yarn the colors just worked up beautifully to create a fun little piece.

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timetalentjewels

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

This is a cool idea! I love color! These are hot as flame!

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joliefemmebydiana

Marie-Antoinknit from 9ElizabethStreet says:

When I made these earrings, I was taken by the contrast between the flame orange of the bottom bead and the cool orange of the center one. The faceted bead on top brings back the fire with a bit a sparkle. Just like a real flame, the colors shift & blend into each other.

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9ElizabethStreet

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says:

These earrings are a brilliant orange and with the black fleck throughout are reminiscent of the dancing flames in a campfire. I am always inspired by the beauty of the materials I am blessed to work with.

TimberDimensions

TimberDimensions

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

These pendants were inspired by lava flowing from a volcano! The original flame orange! These make nice gifts for men or women, who like unique jewellery.

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Vintage sari silk wrap bracelet in burnt orange and lavender. A golden heart charm hangs in the center. I love sari silk and the vibrant color of this silk begs to be seen! Perfect for Valentine’s Day too!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

I love the combination of flame orange and purple – and marbling is the perfect way to capture both!

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Retirement Gift Ideas

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Retirement comes about after we have worked for many years. It is a time for going on to the next chapter,whether that be moving to another location,part time working on getting to all those projects you put aside and more….

Here at CIJ we want to know what kind of gifts you have in your shop for retirees.

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions says retirement can mean the opportunity to travel, often in a caravan or camper. My folding stool is ideal for storing in small spaces and provides a stylish alternative to mass produced items

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Folding stool

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this is a fun idea for retirees who like to fish.

It is sturdy and in working condition, with plenty of “vintage” charm!

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Fishing scale measuring tool

Solvia from Knitwoolsocks discusses one more idea as a retirement gift. I can offer a pair of cosy socks. It is ideal for a lazy afternoon at home.

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hand knit mens socks

Michael Tarter from BurntEarthHorseHair says for those who serve in the thin blue line. I make a custom wall hanging ceramic clay tiles with images of their badge or their department shoulder patch, framed or not. Military and private company logos can also be done.

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Personalized memorial patches

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves states when you retire, you will now have time to enjoy that Martini poolside. Here is the perfect mixing set with a Mid-Century Modern flair!

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Martini drink mixer with stirrer

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter said for the man in your life that is retiring why not this vintage piece of Art to put up in his special space….

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Framed painted bowl art

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns states that these tropical caravan coasters would make cute gifts for the traveling retiree.

Pineapple caravan coasters

Pineapple caravan coasters

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says we are always honored to complete an order for a retirement gift and have a number of products to start the next chapter of life. Our new pen, letter opener, and magnifying glass set offers the perfect opportunity to include a gift message engraved on the case and you can have each handle engraved with the recipient’s name or monogram.
Gift wrap and cards available for shipping directly to your recipient, make every gift giving opportunity into a gift giving experience to remember!

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set

Personalized Pen & Letter Opener with Magnifying Glass Set