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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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

Geometric

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Geometrics are decorative patterns or designs based on geometric shapes. They can be used in home decor, supplies and so much more.

Here at CIJ we want you to show us all your geometric items. Please tell us about your item, including what geometric shape it is.

Gillian from Gillisflowers says this earring features 2-D and 3-D geometric shapes, two triangles a kite and a cuboid bead to finish it off. Although my jewellery is mainly floral, it all starts with a geometric shape usually a square.

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Art deco earrings

Pam from PamsPawsJewelry said these are vintage earrings with cool green geometric shapes! They have a very modern abstract design!

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Green and Silver Abstract Earrings

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit states that math is the universal language of thinking minds and Geometry is its functions. If you see math everywhere you go, you may enjoy this elegant wine bottle stopper and its geometric shape! Our tapered optic crystal wine bottle stopper is a geometric delight. We always get great feedback from this item as the picture does not do it justice at all and we plan on retaking the pictures, but never seem to find the time! The bottle stopper itself is all crystal and we need to add a picture of it without the bottle in the future. An Etsy sellers work is never done…..

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Wine bottle stopper

Linda from LazyYVintage says cuff links are finding their way back into the mainstream for men’s accessories and jewelry. This set is triangular in design with the shape of the cuff links as well as the atomic design embossed on them.

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mid century cuff links

Dawn from DeeDeeSupplies said these geometric faceted beads are ideal for a wide range of craft projects, including jewellery making, costume design, scrapbooking, bunting and more!!

They are available in various colours and quantities.

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Tear drop acrylic sew on beads

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital states that this is a digital paper pack. The design has various shapes and sizes in rounded corner squares and rectangles. Fun squares in fun color combinations. Great for creating invitations or party decor, scrapbooking or card making.

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Geometric digital paper pack

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam says this is a geometric lid, pretzel criss cross design cookie jar. This clear glass cookie jar features vintage geometric patterned glass.

geometric shaped glass canister

Cindy from Cynhumphrey said I love playing around with different shapes when designing my jewelry. This is a cute pair of light weight earrings using ovals and circles. The colors are perfect for summer but can certainly be worn with many different outfits throughout the entire year.

Blue and white geometric shaped earrings

NauticoCreations states this is a handmade quilt featuring octagon shaped pieces in oranges and greens. The fabric is a batik pattern and the colors make a great fall statement.

Batik fabric quilt

Linda from LindaBrittDesign says the geometry of repeated shapes to form a circle make this a unique pendant. My high school geometry teacher would be proud!

Nature pendant

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 2017 – ShellysSelectSalvage

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 Shop – Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage

ShellysSelectSalvage

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

My shop name is Shelly’s Select Salvage I find inspiration from watching DIY & HGTV specifically when they fix up antique homes and use vintage items for decor.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

Over time I lean more towards miniatures and smalls for my shop.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I love the hunt! My husband and I go out each week searching for items from days past. To me I am rescuing vintage items that would otherwise be tossed out or lost.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I listen to all sorts of music depending on my mood. I like old country like Johnny Cash, Waylon, Hank Sr. I enjoy 70’s to 90’s Rock & Pop. When I need a little pick me up I will listen to 50s’/60’s or alt rock.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I am currently reading The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. A movie will soon be released so I like to re-read the series before seeing the movie.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Shelly’s Select Salvages

Instagram: shellyssalvages

Pinterest: Shelly’s Select Salvages

Twitter: ShellysSalvages

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 2017 – Samanthasunshineshop

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #3 Shop – Valerie from Samanthasunshineshop

Samanthasunshineshop

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The name of my shop is samanthasunshineshop

I am inspired by the many vintage items I have collected and inherited over the years. I love to research the item and use my family history to help in the research. I also enjoy photography and painting. I’m inspired by my surroundings for both. I am amazed on a daily basis by the wonderful things in my own backyard (just like Dorothy – there’s no place like home).

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

I started listing only my vintage items when I first joined Etsy in 2106. I started with the easy stuff – books, and other items that were simple to date and price. Over time, I became more involved and confident on my ability to research and correctly date and price items, so I branched out. At the urging of friends and family, I added my own photography and artwork.

3. What do you love most about your work?

The fulfillment of a childhood dream. Since I was a little girl, I always wanted my own shop. Now, with Etsy, I am able to do that. I also enjoy the research and the team camaraderie.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I have a playlist of over 3,000 songs on my iPhone. The songs vary from oldies and classic rock to jazz, blues and Broadway musicals. Variety is the spice of life!

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I just finished reading Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. Another recent read that I really enjoyed is Light of Paris. I usually read before bedtime. I also have my books on my iPhone, so if I’m stuck waiting in a doctors office or car repair, I can always read.

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: SunshineOp

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus: 2aEmporium

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 Shop – Mrs. A. from 2aEmporium

2aEmporium

1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The name of my shop is 2aEmporium. My shop is a blend of vintage and handmade. My inspiration for vintage is just a love of history merged with the excitement of finding useful and pretty things from the past. My inspiration for handmade has to do with usefulness as well. I like to create handmade items that incorporate my love of vintage.

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

That’s a good question. I started out just selling handmade, but found I really enjoyed the hunt for vintage and wanted to share my finds with new homes. Over the past few years, I think I have evolved as a “picker” so my shop has evolved along with me.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I like having my own business. In my case, not only do my husband and I work at this together, but my daughter is a shop contributor, too. It is a lot of fun brainstorming ideas for handmade and hitting the estate sales together.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I don’t necessarily listen to music while I’m working on my shop business. When I do listen to music, it is Praise and Worship music. I like a variety of Christian artists.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

I am reading the Book of Psalms right now. I’m an on-the-go reader. I have it downloaded on my phone, so I can whip out my phone and read as opportunity arises. If I have a long period of time to read, I usually read sitting in my favorite chair.

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: 2aEmporium

Google +: 2aEmporium

Pinterest: 2aEmporium

Polyvore: twoaemporium

Twitter: 2aEmporium

Blog: 2aEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 2017 – USA Focus: LazyYVintage

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

#CIJPopUpMarket #2 Shop – Linda from LazyYVintage

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1. What is the name of your shop and where do you look for inspiration?

The LazyYVintage. Working for myself and getting to look for antiques for a living is my inspiration. Making my time my own and the shop keeps you doing so many different things, no time for boredom. You purchase, clean, take pictures, write descriptions, market it, handle the accounting, and inventory control. How can you not be inspired!

2. How has your shop evolved over time?

What started as a hobby shop, has now become my profession. So, I have evolved with it. I’m smarter on the items that I find for the shop. And, over time I can see a pattern for what I like. American potteries, dinnerware, and lately I realize that I love florist ware in the form of vases and planters.

3. What do you love most about your work?

I like going out and finding the treasures. As soon as I get home, I create an inventory list and start the research on the pieces. I can’t see to wait to know what, why, and when on each and every piece.

4. What motivating music do you listen to? Share your playlist that gets and keeps you going!        

I tend to listen to books on my iPad. When it is music, a variety of country, old rock and roll, jazz, and the blues.

5. What book are you reading right now and where is your favorite place to read?

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. I love to read on the backyard swing, or my little corner of the couch surrounded by my baskets of yarn and more books.

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: lazy_y_vintage

Pinterest: LazyYVintage

Twitter: lazy_linda