The Year Of The Dog

Contributor Post by Mary from StockLaneStudio

According to the Chinese astrological calendar, each year is related to an animal. February 16th, 2018 marked the beginning of the Earth Dog Year.

Were you born in a Dog Year?  Here are a few more:  1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and the next will be in 2030.  Sorry, that doesn’t mean you get to count your age in dog years, but it does mean that your lucky numbers are 3, 4 and 9 and your lucky colors are red, green and purple.

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You share good fortune with these famous dogs:  Justin Bieber (a wood dog – 1994);  Michael Jackson (an earth dog, 1958), Steven Spielberg (a fire dog, 1946); Elvis Presley (a wood dog, 1935); and Mother Theresa (a gold dog 1910).

From Quilts and Pillow Panels to bookmarks and decorations, the EtsyCIJ team offers loads of lucky items to celebrate the Chinese New Year and our Earth Dog friends.  Feeling retro?  Check out the pottery dog dish or read through a vintage Ken-L-Ration booklet.  Have a look at some of these great finds.

Marta Gotliba from Gottliebtextiles says:  

The lace decor dog’s paw initially was sold as a Christmas tree decor. But after the season was over, my clients still kept buying them. I asked what for and turned out that this paw looked beautiful hung on the rear-view mirror of the clients’ cars.

Lace Paw Print Decoration

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:  

Year of the Dog.  My Dog Bookmark is great for this as it is earthy in color and has the red Fire Hydrant. A fun way to mark your page in the book you are reading.

Dog Bookmark

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

As someone who is “owned” by two collies, I have always found stories of their loyalty and humor intriguing and heartwarming. You may remember this wonderful book from your own childhood and if not, it’s time to get reacquainted.

Buff A Collie and Other Dog Stories

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:  

This is a pillow for those who have a border collie. It makes a nice statement on your sofa or bed. The Year of the Dog is a chance to show how important these dedicated creatures are in our lives.

Argyle and Pup Mini Lumbar Pillow

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:  

Perfect gift for a dog lover or to use as a decorative prop.  Helpful hints, dog care advice, kitschy drawings – 31 pages of fun!

Vintage Ken-L-Ration Dog Care Booklet

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says:

We just love dogs at Ms P Designs! Our dogs are part of the family, and we love that this is the “Year of the Dog” to honor our very special friends. We have several nursery quilt patterns that feature dogs, but this is our new favorite. These cute Huskies are so happy to have the chance to play outside on a cold winter day.

Husky Dogs PDF Appliqué

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:  

I paint portraits of dogs to order and in my shop, you can find a lot of different breeds of dogs. But especially to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog, I prepared these small, hand-painted home decorations with dogs. Of course, ten want to present Pekingese. If you don’t find your favorite breed in my shop, you can order the similar decoration with your pet.

Pekingese dog Decoration

Pekingese DOG New Year Ornament

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:  

This sewing panel can be used as pillows, a wall hanging, a tote bag front, and much more. Dog lovers love to show off their pets and show them love so the Year of the Dog is right up their alley!

Dog Pillow Panel

Elizabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Cherish your Fur baby –
Dog memory gifts will put peace in our hearts.

Pet Loss Gift

Member Feature: postcardsintheattic

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Colleen of postcardsintheattic, our featured member!

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Tell us about yourself.

I grew up a Midwest farm girl from Wisconsin but through a series of moments of self discovery I have since moved to California and live the city life in Palm Springs. I live in a beautiful contemporary home where my husband and I have designed a small but very beautiful Japanese Garden.

Unfortunately, though, the contemporary look does not blend with my passion for vintage and antique Victorian froufrou. So I have created for myself a virtual world with my shops. I welcome you to my attic filled with all the treasures found and creations made especially for you.

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

I opened my business 2011.  I have had a dream to sell vintage postcards since I was a small child.  At the time my mother informed me that it would never happen because no one would ever pay more than a few cents for the cards I collected.  I guess she was mistaken!

Now that I am a photographer I also have a passion to create my own postcards.  One of my favorite things to do is recreate the types of vintage cards that were popular in the early 20th century.  Big Letter, Tall Tale and night scenes are a few that I have dabbled in.  Of course it is much easier now since I have the advantage of digital art vs having to manipulate plates and film.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I sell almost any type of vintage postcard but at least half of the vintage postcards I sell are over 100 years old.  I have a love for anything that is paper and withstand years and years of handling.  To me it is amazing to see something that age in such great condition.  Sadly there are some that have not been able to survive fully intact but often I use those for digital art where I restore the card to a new state.

I sell my digital work on Sellfy under the same name.  I also create clip art from the designs to use for digital papers, gift tags and art.

More common are the Linen cards from about the 30’s and 40’s but while these are not rare I love the bright vivid colors that the linen paper creates.  The ink soaked in creating supernatural tones. Plus this is a period where the fun Tall Tale, Big Letter and Night Scene postcards popped.  The intense colors is almost like looking at the world through rose colored glass.  Everything in these images are vivid and exciting.

I carry a small number of recent vintage cards from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.  While these often do not catch my eye I have found several political and advertising cards that are quite intriguing.

What inspires your work

I work in images.  As a photographer my style is macrophotography and closeups so I see the world slightly different.  I relate to my environment through imagery so collecting and selling vintage images is right up my alley.  In fact often seeing something in a postcard will dictate a trip or even a move.

In fact one of the reasons for me to move out West was due to the postcards from Arizona and the deserts that my grandparents sent to me.  These amazing images were such a contrast to what I seen in Wisconsin that I would spend hours daydreaming of what it would be like to visit the desert.  Now I live in the desert of the Coachella Valley.  And it is even more beautiful than those vintage images from my childhood.

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

My goal this year is to increase sales in my Postcards In The Attic shop (sure that is everyone’s goal)  My long-term goals are to build a self sustaining shop that generates enough income that it can contribute significantly to my income.  I have designed my own website from my photography www.butterflysattic.com; my long-term goal for this shop is to earn enough to use this as my primary income.  I would also like to be featured locally in either a gallery or a similar forum.

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

My Postcards In The Attic stands out visually because of my professional and creative branding and banners.  Aside from appearances; my prices are competitive, I provide excellent customer service along with free US shipping.  I also include a depth of information for most of my cards that exceeds many of my competitors.  I also take the time to research each card, what the publisher was, printer, date etc. so that the information is as accurate as it can be.

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

No but since I am photographer my work space is the whole world.

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

I had been selling vintage in general and included everything from ephemera to knickknacks, books to jewelry which took up a lot of space and time.  I also sold handmade crafted items (which part of me still loves) but this made my stores too wide spread and not specialized in anything.

I have not focused Postcard In the Attic strictly on ephemera and Butterfly In The Attic Photography on just that photography.  While I am still trying to reduce my original inventory on Bonanza I must admit it is neglected and I will be glad when I can just focus on the two.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do not over estimate the time you have for your shops.  I often do this but with working more than full-time for my day job it leaves very few hours left in the day aside from sleep and eating.  there is only so many hours in the day no matter how much we try to make it stretch.

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

I have many hobbies that includes: travel, playing the piano, photography, writing, and spending time with my 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  We live quite a ways from each of them so we are not able see each other frequently but when we can this is my favorite way of spending my free time.

What is your favorite quote?

“God would not have put the dream in your heart if he had not already given you everything you need to fulfill it” Joel Osteen

Where can people find out more about your business?

I have two blogs one on my new website www.ButterflysAttic.com and a long established blog www.ButterflyInTheAttic.com.  On the latter site I spend a lot of time promoting not just my self but others.

I am also available on facebook at www.facebook.com/PostcardsInTheAttic and www.facebook.com/ButterflysAttic
Twitter www.twitter.com/ButterflysAttic and many others social media venues that are interlinked once you find my blog.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

My shops have been slow starters and have been reshapened many times over the years trying to find what fits for my life and helps me balance my work and my business.

I think one take away is that I refuse to give up on my dream.

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – TheOldBarnDoor

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 – Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

1. What is the name of your shop and what is unique about your shop?

The shop name TheOldBarnDoor came about as I gazed out my office window across my back dooryard to the barn – the doors were open and the wind was picking up. I should go out and close those barn door I thought – PRESTO shop name.

My shop is full of my passions, vintage postcards, ephemera and photography. I try to educate, entertain and delight.

2. Where do you live and how does where you live influence your creativity?

My life on the farm most certainly influences my outlook on life and my Etsy business. The farm is located in a wonderful portion of Eastern Ontario that is steeped in history, still deeply agricultural and now expanding with the arrival of vineyards and wineries.

3 What is it about having your own business that you love?

I get to share the things I love with others by helping them discover the history and art of old ephemera. Living in a rural setting I’m not as connected face to face with people as I used to be. My Etsy shop has introduced me to some wonderful clients all around the world who I now consider my friends.

4. What is your greatest business achievement?

Seeing returning customers. This is always such a wonderful endorsement of what you sell and how you conduct your business.

5. How would you like to see your business evolve?

I want to continue to grow my returning customer base and then I do hope to reactivate my second shop as a logical link to TheOldBarnDoor. (More vintage finds and treasures that are not ephemera and some handcrafted pieces using vintage components).

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/theoldbarndoor/

Twitter: twitter.com/#!/TheOldBarnDoor

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/patricia-gale/4a/14b/131