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

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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.

timetalentjewels

timetalentjewels

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

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

joliefemmebydiana

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.

9ElizabethStreet

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

Homemade Goodness For The Season

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

If you’re like me, now is the time of year you get that irresistible urge to buy, make (and eat) special treats not common at other times of the year. For me, it’s Christmas cookies and candies, ‘comfort soups’, fancy pastries and pies….well, you get the idea.

What are your treasured homemade treats of the holiday season? Our teamies shared some of their favorites and also some items from their shops related to holiday baking, cooking, candy-making, or eating!!

Melissa R from missy69 said:
My Grandma used to make the best Magic Cookie Bars, and they are still my favorite She made something called Jumbo cookies too, but I can not find a proper recipe anywhere for them. The recipe for Magic Cookie Bars, is www.eaglebrand.com/recipe-detail/magiccookiebars-3934 here. Of course you will need a giving plate to give them to friends and family. I am glad to help you there.
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Believe Nativity Christmas Painted Plate the Giving Plate Faith Beautiful Gift Idea Friend Hostess Church Party Plate Luke 2 Bible

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

This recipe is a family favorite! Makes a great hostess gift too!

Candy-Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash vanilla extract
4 cups whole pecans

Preheat over to 275 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat egg white until stiff. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until browned, about 10-15 min.

Store in a tin to keep fresh.

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Chef Figurine Hanging Yellow Scoop Wall Pocket Vintage 50s Kitchen Hollywood Ceramic Art Pottery Planter Kitschy Decor Retro Gag Gift

Tanya from socksandmittens said:

My friend gave me this recipe several years ago. These are simple hazelnut butter cookies but they taste so good. We bake them every Christmas since then.

Here is a recipe or if you’d like to see the full version with photographs please visit my blog socksandmittens.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-butter-cookies.html

Hazelnut butter cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tea-spoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Fold in nuts. Knead a dough to make it smooth. Place the dough ball in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350’F. Line the baking sheet with foil. If your dough is too hard cut it with knife to form a strips and then cut it to even pieces. Roll the pieces into balls about the same size and place on ungreased foil about 1″ apart.

Bake at 350’F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool completely and dust them with the powdered sugar.

One item from my second shop related to baking is this vintage glass rolling-pin.

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Vintage glass Roll-Rite baker’s rolling-pin Good Housekeeping USA collectible baking memorabilia

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Cheese biscuits are a favourite between courses in my house. I think the clean the palate in preparation for the next delicious dish.

Cheese Biscuits

1 Cup plain flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
125 gram butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
20 gram blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan extra

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F

place flours curry powder and butter in a food processor till crumbly
Stir in cheeses
Bring mixture together into a ball
Roll into a log. Chill for 1 hr
Cut 5 mm slices and arrange on tray lined with baking paper leaving room between.
Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake for 15 min
Enjoy

Here is something to serve them on.

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Serving Platter. wooden, Queensland Walnut

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love to make homemade gifts for Christmas and include the recipes! This gorgeous Angel Shortbread mold is perfect for making shortbread or cookies to give as gifts AND it comes with its own recipe book! Whether you make your own gift or want to give a gift to someone who likes to bake – this is the perfect Holiday themed present!

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Vintage Flying Angel Shortbread Cookie Mold by Brown Bag Cookie Art – 1987 Design Cookie Cutter – Wall Art Plaque – Baking Crafts Supplies

Many thanks for all the great shares! Happy Noshing & Holidays, Everyone!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

Member Feature: TimberDimensions

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Bevan of TimberDimensions, our featured member!

TimberDimensions

TimberDimensions

Tell us about yourself.

“A maker with passion” is how I have been described. I am self-employed and have been for over 15 years. What I do, and what I sell helps me to put food on my table. I have lived in Brisbane Australia since my birth 53 years ago, although I have travelled quite extensively. I love to create. I remember as a small child making simple toys like swords and bows and arrows and using them to play out fantasy with my friends. A swashbuckling pirate, an explorer, the leader of an Indian tribe, I was many things during my childhood play. The fascination with making has stayed with me into my adulthood. The difference, I suppose, is that now I make pieces that are imbued with my own style and made with the care and accuracy of a craftsman.td1

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

About 20 years ago an opportunity arose for me to make use of a large amount of timber that was going to be disposed of by a company I worked for. I took the material, turned it into a product and went to a weekend market. I sold out in a couple of weeks. I took the profits from that venture and invested in better tools and equipment. And so it began. For a number of years I had a day job and traded at the markets on the weekends.

Some years later I took the leap and decided to register a business name and apply myself more deeply in developing my products. In 2012 I saw an opportunity in ETSY to introduce my products to a global audience. I love they way that ETSY operates as a community and gives access to wonderful products from all over the world.td2

Tell us a bit about your products.

My signature item is my folding stool/side table. This item is the result of many, many hours of product development and prototyping. A truly unique item that is very well made, functional, versatile, beautiful and excellent value of money.

I make a wide range of other products that are both beautiful and functional. I also like to make things from off cuts of material that would otherwise be thrown away. My jewellery is a good example of this. It pleases me greatly that I can use small pieces of beautiful material to make items that enhance the wearers appearance. Because of the nature of the materials I use each piece is unique and individual.td3

What inspires your work?

The shapes you see in nature are a constant inspiration to me. I’m not a fan of hard looking, square forms. I have a distinct preference for more fluid, curvy forms that are soft and sensuous, both to the eye, and the touch.

My sleigh bed is a good example. Hardly a straight line exists within the piece. Completely made from solid timber, the technical difficulties and challenges of the make are difficult to overstate.

Architecture often inspires me as well. Both ancient and modern architecture contain line and form which can translate into beautiful furniture.td4

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

The commercialization of my stool is my main goal. My Book Birds are soon to be available in a range of independent bookstores and galleries. I am working toward having my Book Birds and Jewellery range available in a variety of gift shops and bookstores.td5

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Quality and originality.

There is more to making furniture than nailing a few bits of wood together or screwing together a few sheets of veneered board. Even the smallest of my items are made to last generations. I encourage people to change the way they look at things they purchase. Globally, we have become quite wasteful and often have a disposable outlook toward the things we buy. I try to encourage people to ” buy once and buy right”. Great design is timeless, great making ensures that those designs carry on to be the antiques of the future. Things of value that can be proudly passed on to the children or the children’s children.

Good design + Great making = sustainable futuretd6

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I work from a small shed / workshop on my property that I like to call my “shedudio”. Whilst it is jam-packed with tools and equipment as well as my timber stock, it is a comfortable environment to work within. There is always music playing and places for friends and visitors to sit and chat. Often I work late into the night doing quiet work like carving or applying finish to products, sometimes with a glass of red wine in hand.

My “shedudio” is both a workspace and a place to relax.td7

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I have learned how difficult it is to develop a complex product from scratch. A valuable lesson that I have taken forward in my design language.

I have also learnt to not impose deadlines on the design process. Sometimes it is better to walk away from a design problem so the mind can be free to think. I find it quite amazing how many times the resolution for a problem springs to mind when you are not thinking about it.td8

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you craft or make or draw or paint you should get your products onto a global platform so the world can see, and buy. ETSY provides the opportunity to do that at a very reasonable cost. What have you got to lose?td9

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

Sometimes I ride my motorcycle far away into the hills, visit friends or go to an art show. Live music of all kinds gives me great joy and I like to get out and see new bands. Cooking is something that I enjoy greatly. I love to entertain friends with lavish feasts of food from all over the world. Indian food is a bit of a favourite at the moment.

My work is my release. I’m pretty lucky that the thing that puts food on my table is the thing that gives me enormous pleasure.td10

What is your favorite quote?

“My life is my message” Mahatma Ghanditd11

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have a web site under development at the moment and that should be live before the end of the year. In the mean time I can be contacted directly through ETSY or send me an email at timberdimensions@ymail.com.

Facebook: Timber Dimensions

Twitter: Timber Dimensionstd12

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