Camouflage

Posted by Mairi from mairidesign

Whether this disguise is used to conceal ones presence in the greenery or purely to make a fashion statement, we can all agree that camouflage is here to stay. It’s so versatile that it’s suitable for accessories for both sexes and for all ages as well as for home furnishings. Take walk through our hidden treasures and click on the photos to buy in Etsy.

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Once upon a time …… there was once a couple of beautiful cushions. Time passed over and worn, they were old. But hipp-hopp charmed the cushions of the good fairy and new cushions were given to the old pillows. This is my camouflage story!

Sleep well, on your beautiful new cushion covers, dear children!

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Linen Camouflage Cushion covers

Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Animals are masters of camouflage. I was fascinated by patterns and colors of lizards and snakes. A large pastel drawing depicting protected European reptiles and amphibians for those who are passionate about these unusual animals.

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Snake Lizard Frog Pastel Painting

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

Camouflage Yarn… Great to make many wonderful creations with…
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Variegated Green Brown Beige / Camouflage Yarn

Kristal Leigh from KLeighVintage says:

My shop features camouflage jackets, cargo pants and sometimes bags. Each item is collected from estate sales from retired military families. They make a wonderful fashion statement or gifts for friends who have had dear love ones serve.

My favorite story was from a man who bought a WW1 camouflage medical bag for his wife as a Christmas gift. Her father had served and passed away when she was a child. He wanted to buy her something with meaning and to remind her of her father. This story brought me to tears and made me so thankful that the items we do sell can make such a big impact on someone else’s life.

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Camouflage Army Pants

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I have always been fascinated with most, but not all Camouflage Patterns. I was approached by a customer who asked if I could make a camouflage Fine Pen Box for a veteran, loved the final result! So I decided to add this as a regular item.

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Camouflage Fine Pen Wood Storage Box

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

I didn’t actually think of camouflage when I created this set – but I’ve often thought that’s how the colors turned out. I just liked the yellow, green and brown combination, so it’s been lurking about in my shop ever since.

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Digital Paper Pack Yellow Green

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

I was thinking about Fathers Day when I came up with this. The camouflage pattern is very masculine, combined with the shape of a motor home makes a unique coaster fit for a man cave.
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Camo RV coaster

Beth Morgan from FromBeths says:

A personal favorite from my Etsy shop. Girls love camo too! Celebrate with camo ! Made with love for my niece.

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16th Birthday Party Decorations

Lisa van Heerden from PricklyPaw says:

I had been making a lot of original art and it reminded me of an abstract camouflage. Since I work in multiple mediums like original paintings, digital art on blankets and hand painted shoes, I thought it made sense to make some camo military themed shoes. I am also influenced because in NC we have several military bases like marines Camp LaJeune and Fort Bragg which is an Army base. This is a traditional army camo (and by the way, apparently the top selling camouflage is Mossy Oak for hunters…) so I decided to put their motto on the shoe. As I have done this I realize I have stirred so many political questions. I am sure my Army clientele will love these shoes, but I think so will anyone wanting to make a political statement and spark a dialogue when there is none.

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Custom Military Shoes

Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says:

I have a son-in-law who is a duck hunter and loves all things camouflage. A couple of years ago I created this birthday card in his honor.

This went over so well that I received more requests for camouflage themed greeting cards. So my camouflage collection was born. I now offer birthday, baby, wedding, anniversary and Christmas cards with a camouflage theme. This also includes pink camo for the ladies!

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Camo Birthday Card

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Child’s Play

Contributed by Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady

We’ve all heard the saying.. oh that’s just child’s play! I’ve always believed that children playing and the happy sounds coming from groups of them giggling and having fun is a wonderful sound (may be the former teacher in me coming out a bit).

Also as adults – there are many fun and unique games that take us back to the magical times of our youth.

What items in your shop relate to child’s play? We’d love to hear your comments and see your items.

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says

 Oh My Gosh… Do you remember when you were little and you got into your grandmom’s sewing kit? Speaking about “Child’s play” All those buttons and colorful spools of threads… and what fun it was to be helping grannie do creative things…
Swiss Army Button Vintage Switzerland Military Charcoal Grey Round Cross Rare Issue Loop Sewing DiY Bakelite Purse Repair Projects Unique

Swiss Army Vintage Button

In my shop I have these adorable vintage buttons that appeal to lots of people, crafters, military buffs, and even button collectors. I found them when I was visiting my sister in Switzerland, I always keep an eye out for the unusual and unique supplies for my shop.

 

Melissa R from missy69 says

 My kids and I have done a different kind of Advent calendar every year since I can remember. They are now teens, and we still love to come up with new ideas. This year we did 2, a reverse Advent Calendar, which actually is putting a food item in a box to donate to a family in need on Christmas Eve. The second is more nostalgic. I wood burned, and painted part of Santa, and his beard onto a slice of wood. Then wood burned on 25 circles. Each day we add a cotton ball to a circle, when it is full it is Christmas day. You can use coins, or candy, whatever you like. I hope my children will continue to find joy in doing an Advent Calendar each year.
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Advent Calendar

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says

 I remember just being fascinated by color(s) and playing matching games with the same hue.
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Colorful Wooden Peg Toys

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says

 When we were kids, we would all sit around the table one night a week and have a family game night! No TV, no computers or internet surfing, just a good fun clean family game night! One of our favorites was Old Maid!
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Vintage Old Maid

Rheta Parziale from VintageEves says

 I had two loves when I was a kid, reading and cartoons. I still love both! In fact, my daughter caught me watching “Frozen” by myself the other night. Then as a child I found books with cartoons in them and I was truly over the moon. Snoopy was one of my favorite cartoons back in the day. He and his gang are still classics.
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Vintage Comics

Mary Steed from MaryJaneCreations says

 I remember making bracelets with school friends. Now I find myself making bracelet kits for children 5 to 8 or older, adults too. More colourful kits and designs to come.
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Wish bracelet kit

 

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says

 Our ‘Play’ instant download art celebrates what it means to be a kid and how to stay young at heart as you get older. It’s all about interacting with friends and nature, about being spontaneous and making new discoveries. About having the sun in your face and sand in your toes. About screaming loudly into the wind where it doesn’t bother the grown-ups.
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Printable “Play” download

Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA says

 Little boys just love trucks! When my oldest son was small, we had to go outside to the alley every time he heard the garbage truck coming. It was such fun to see them pick up and empty the dumpster!

We have a nice selection of quilt block patterns featuring trucks & construction equipment in our pattern shop. Here’s the garbage truck, just about like the one that we used to enjoy watching:

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Quilt Block Pattern

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

 I adore all these child play ideas!

Hope everyone is having a good new year so far! My memories of childhood is always playing with my gifts and their wrappings far into the new year – we weren’t a wealthy family and the entire gift was always so special to me, I probably have a vintage bow off something from the 1950s to this day. This doll, owl and tea cup set sparked memories of child’s play, I always included my favorite doll and stuffed animal when playing tea set..

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Summertime Chintz Tea set

October – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate October – New Arrivals.

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I saw these so nice and so tiny pumpkins and immediately imagined them on a green meadow: it would be a nice contrast of colors!

So I prepared the base with some stabilized lichen (it means its real lichen treated, so that it remains always the same).

Some maple leaves with their stunning forms and shades completed my fall landscape.

I think it’s a colorful wreath to enhancing any front door in this beautiful period of the year.

Ghirlandiamo

Ghirlandiamo

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

Decorative notebooks are something new I have added to my shop. I had the idea of making a pumpkin Notebook for the Fall season. Use for Journaling, writing something everyday that you are thankful for, or makes a fun gift for someone with a Fall Birthday!

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

I love searching for discarded desk organizers at antique malls or flea markets and painting them with a fresh coat of Chalk Paint, voila NEW and improved desk organizer!

Then I hand rub WAX onto the piece, so nice!

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WalterSilva

Judith Messenger from FabriArts says:

I just added this tablerunner/wallhanging to my shop today. I’ve been working on stocking my shop with table linens such as tablerunners and placemats. I had been working in a more neutral pallet, and also finished a quilt this summer using earth tones. I wanted to make something much more colorful, so chose these lovely turquoise, blue and teal batiks for a set of placemats and the runner. The bright colors made me smile each time I worked on the set. These pieces could bring a touch of the Caribbean to your decor all year long!

FabriArts

FabriArts

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

Christmas is just around the corner, and I love the fun of the season…. I love to wear Christmas jewelry and I like to decorate my tree with unique decorations – this makes the occasion even more ‘special’ and ‘personal’!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby says:

Several  years ago I stumbled upon a similar big eared elf much like this one at a thrift shop – it was love at first sight! I have been obsessed with these elves ever since. ( Who am I kidding? I’m at the hording stage!) I soon discovered that these elves come in several sizes which range from large 7 inch ones, to tiny 2.25 inch pixies. The predominant outfit color is red, followed by white polka dot. There are a few blue and green outfits out there too, but not many. They were made in Japan, by a handful of manufacturers, who seemed to blatantly copy each other! All were made post World War II from the early 1950’s to the 1960’s. I haven’t been able to locate any locally of late and now engage in online bidding wars at estate sales.

To me this elf ( and the rest of his “cousins” in our shop) represent the quintessential nostalgic Christmas decoration. A little shabby, but bright, warmly conjuring up memories of bygone holidays. Guaranteed to bring a smile and lots Christmas cheer to any spot.

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northandsouthshabby

Marjorie Scenna from mscenna says:

In honor of World Teacher’s Day, from a fellow teacher….a colorful apple keychain with recycled and repurposed vintage beads!

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mscenna

Ina from InaSudjana says:

This bolster style headbands holder was a special request from a lovely customer to match a personalized name banner that I made with this color combination.

It is always very rewarding to venture out of my comfort zone and work with different media.

InaSudjana

InaSudjana

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

Just listed vintage 80’s black eel skin leather handbag. I found this lovely purse in a Palm Springs thrift store. It can be a great gift idea for her!

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

be Woolen from beWoolen says:

Just listed! I fell in love with the color when I saw this yarn. It is 100% superwash wool. really soft, not itchy so I decided to offer it in other colors as well. But this is my personal favorite.

beWoolen

beWoolen

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

Listed just now! I have made aprons with this same design before, but I found this fabric and fell in love! Such a great fall feel with the yellows and gray print really made me think of October afternoons and hanging out at craft fairs!

CraftyMom75

CraftyMom75

Amy Spock from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy says:

I love cooking for the holidays, and found this adorable pattern for a Thanksgiving Apron. I love it! Quirky, cute, and full of personality!

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen says:

I love Swedish, Danish and Norwegian linens, but stopped buying and selling them when so many wonderful Scandinavian shops started up on Etsy. They have much better access to these amazing pieces than I. However, I couldn’t pass up this Scandi textile, because it has the sweetest printed graphics I’ve ever laid eyes upon…I love the playful children, the proud parents, the colorful dala horse and explosion of flowers!

NeatoKeen

NeatoKeen

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

My original art quilt depicts the South Shore in the little Lake Michigan Village of Arcadia were we make our home. The solitude found on this public beach is reflected in the quiet sky and water at sunset. Using my Lake Michigan sunset photos, I created this art quilt in my home studio.

SallyManke

SallyManke

 

May – New Arrivals

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Join the Christmas In July team as we celebrate May – New Arrivals.

Carolyn Eady from SproutsPressDesigns says:

I’ve always wanted to design and craft a line of journals that are completely my own. I feel this series of Fancy Coptic Journals is a step in the right direction. The covers showcase paper that I hand-dyed, yielding unique results, making each book one of a kind. And while the coptic stitch is fairly common, I’ve amended it to show off the spine of the book.

SproutsPressDesigns

SproutsPressDesigns

Sarah Johnson from BellaBoutique23 says:

One of my closest friends loves tea and many times as we spend time together she will offer me a cup of tea as we share, laugh, cry, or just enjoy each other in silence. As I made the card, I thought of her, “A cup of Tea warms the soul like a good friend”.

BellaBoutique23

BellaBoutique23

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

At the moment I have quite a few friends who are having babies! Havng 2 boys of my own (one of them a baby), thought why not make a baby boy card to welcome a new baby! The card is layered giving it a 3D effect.

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DesignedbyAnneliese

Lin Collette from rhodyart says:

From a purely practical standpoint, I need to add more get well/encouragement cards to the shop, so that’s one reason I made this.
On a more creative level, though, I love to work with vintage photos and images of people from bygone times and imagine what they might be thinking, especially if their expression is very prim and proper.

This particular image, I think, is from a website called The Graphics Fairy and it’s one of a set of Victorian Shakespearean images of Shakespeare heroines. I did notice that Lady Macbeth is not included in this set (lol) and if you know the play, you’ll understand why.

I like to use vintage style patterned papers to evoke that mood of a time past, hence my choice of the red and white paper used here-the red pattern is actually flocked onto the paper so it’s raised and feels very nice. Adds a little extra touch.

Though I do other work that I don’t usually sell on Etsy, I always, always come back to doing these cards because I enjoy them.

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rhodyart

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I had this idea of including a compass on a graduation card. I like the idea of pointing to the right direction after graduation and finding a way through life. A graduation is a start for that, isn’t it? My daughter will graduate from high school next year, so this topic is currently close to me.

CarolaBartz

CarolaBartz

Cathy Hahn from CathysCraftWorld says:

I love making things for children. Although my shop is for everyone, I have a special love for creating things for babies and children. I love making frames that can either be picture frames or decorations all by themselves. I would love to have people come see what I do as I also love browsing other’s shops!

CathysCraftWorld

CathysCraftWorld

Tanya Hladovska from Unicard says:

With this set of postcards you will be able to congratulate all the members of your family or friends. Сolorful handmade card will please anyone. I make them in spring and summer and let all the warmth of this seasons be transferred to your close people on winter evenings.

Unicard

Unicard

Carmen from Mipezluna says:

Lately I have become an addict to make these pouches with amigurumi.
My little daughter loves them and uses the first one that I made to keep her “castañuelas” that she uses in Spanish dancing class. Now all her friends want one for themselves!

Mipezluna

Mipezluna

Theresa Holland from KraftyGrannysHome says:

I love creating these and they are so useful, always looking through my stash of fabric to find a combo that I like.

KraftyGrannysHome

KraftyGrannysHome

MissMinù from TinyFeltHeart says:

It’s very, very warm here, it seems Summer has already arrived! And I prefer rainy days and cold weather!

I’m always thinking about Christmas, especially in Spring-Summer.

It’s one of my Happy thoughts!

I’m sewing some Christmas items and I’m listening to ‘Have Yourself a merry Little Christmas’ sung by Judy Garland in ‘Meet me in St. Louis’.

TinyFeltHeart

TinyFeltHeart

Sarah from bellazahn says:

 Don’t you just love the Scandinavian feel of all these stockings? They remind me of the handknitted jumpers my mother used to knit when we were kids. Sadly my knitting skills are not up to making them in wool so this advent calendar in cotton will have to be my new favourite instead!

bellazahn

bellazahn

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I have started to ramp up my Christmas listings already. This charming pillow cover is made with a section of one of my antique postcards and adds just the right vintage touch to the upcoming holiday season decorating. Actually I think it is charming enough to leave out for the entire winter season. Soft and cuddly the pillow cover is made from velveteen – ahh, just perfect to cuddle with on those cold winter nights (yup, those cold nights will return).

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says:

I love vintage items and when I found this sweet honey bee pattern, I just had to embroider it! I picked a new fabric for the back that had a mod style to it which adds to the retro feel. It would be a lovely spring and summer decor item and would be a fabulous gift for a bee collector or gardener.

WickedlyCreative

WickedlyCreative

Ildi Garay from PitzicatVintage says:

I love all vintage things and summer dresses are high on my list to love. This seersucker sundress is so typical of the 1950’s 1960’s .
Beautifully made and so perfect for summer.

PitzicatVintage

PitzicatVintage

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

I believe this skirt was a custom made piece, it’s so extremely well done. The fabric is so rich with eyelet ruffles and silver eagles. I found this skirt in Thrift store in Palm Spring, CA.

KMalinkaVintage

KMalinkaVintage

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says:

I love this soft organic cotton for spring and summer hats. I designed this hat using the common fan pattern striped in such a way to produce the ever popular chevron pattern. The muted colors complement each other and the style and texture remind me of Victorian era fashion.

910woolgathering

910woolgathering

Sally Manke from SallyManke says:

Newbie today: I have a new couching foot for my long arm sewing machine. My VAST stock (hoard is my hubby’s word for this pile) of sari silk ribbon works so well with it. The result of my silk and huge pile of pics of the local sunset over Lake Michigan.

SallyManke

SallyManke

Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:

Starting off the summer with some newly created wreaths. This one is a great way to honor the USA in your home!

LollysCubbyHole

LollysCubbyHole

Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry says:

I have had this ancient Roman coin showing the image of Roman empress Julia Domna on one side and Roman goddess Diana on the other. As I love to set ancient coins in my sterling silver rings, I have set it in a predesigned ring I made for the coin and decorated it with a hammered. silver thread. I believe that mainly women can wear it with pride.

rioritajewelry

rioritajewelry

Rose Baker from RosebudsOriginals says:

There’s something about the quiet, yet elegant simplicity of antique white china bowls. Found recently in a Victorian estate sale, these beautiful bowls celebrated many a holiday meal with family.

RosebudsOriginals

RosebudsOriginals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

This cute little bowl is made using the pinching method – I love making pinch pots because they are very intimate and hands on, and the shape of the finished bowl reflects the shape of the makers hand…. it is almost a document in clay!
I also love pinch pots because they are very organic, and the green glaze used on this bowl serves to heighten this natural feel.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Karen from KarenLovesAntiques says:

This is a rare 1st edition book that was recently found at a local
estate sale in Nevada County, Ca. Amazing find!

KarenLovesAntiques

KarenLovesAntiques

Valentina Cáceres from JuguetesEloisa says:

This was originally a custom order made for one of my regular customers. I was really happy when she asked me to do it. When I took the picture of the whole order I saw it and I thought, well that is a very good spring set!

JuguetesEloisa

JuguetesEloisa

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

This items was inspired by Fishing trips with granddad! It’s a great keepsake / valet box.

WalterSilva

WalterSilva

Spring Flowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Today is the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere! Enjoy the beauty of spring flowers from members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team!

Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

Ah, spring flowers – just the mere mention of spring flowers and my heart starts to race (I’m Canadian and our winters can be long). I have lily of the valley planted everywhere here on the farm and the ones by the doors and windows welcome visitors with their heady fragrance and graceful demeanor. Besides, they remind me that a fairy just might be lurking near by.

Metallic Print Pure White Lily Of The Valley Macro Photograph From TheOldBarnDoor

Metallic Print Pure White Lily Of The Valley Macro Photograph From TheOldBarnDoor

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says:

I have more Spring flowers in my shop than anything else. Spring is my favorite time of year after surviving long Minnesota winters. I spend time in the Spring assembling flower arrangements indoors while waiting for the temperature to warm up outside.

The yellow flowers in this arrangement are just so nice and sunny and are my partner’s favorite color. The lacy metal flower pot is my mom’s favorite. Ranunculus is my favorite flower so I’ve included one of those to dance with the tulips and daisies. And the butterfly, well, what could symbolize renewal of the seasons more than that?

Yellow Tulips And Daisies - Silk Flower Arrangement NauticoCreations

Yellow Tulips And Daisies – Silk Flower Arrangement NauticoCreations

Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

In my shop I’ve many items made by spring flowers!

I adore them: so many kinds and colors, from the delicate peach blossom to the strong colors of tulips, buttercups, irises and others.

Here in South Italy, although never too cold in winter, it’s really soon warm in spring. And when you look around, everywhere you can see flowered trees and smell pleasant scents!

The most exciting smell for me is that coming from orange blossoms and effectively in my shop I also have some wreaths with those flowers.

I generally prefer strong colors but, at the same time, I love those timid flowers, not easy to see: delicate pansies and tremulous lilies of the valley.

In this my last wreath I put them together, creating a pleasant color contrast between white and many shades of lilac.

Pansies And Lilies Of The Valley Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Pansies And Lilies Of The Valley Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Becky from BirdsOnATwig says:

Nice cheerful sunflower, and vintage no less! I purchased this many moons ago at a wonderful handmade craft fair show… all of it’s “cousins” have found homes, this is the last of the bunch!

Wooden Sunflower Sign From BirdsOnATwig

Wooden Sunflower Sign From BirdsOnATwig

Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

Funny you ask, I have been decoupaging with a lot of floral patterns in anticipating Spring!

More to come!

Floral Patterned Cross stitch Desk Organizer From WalterSilva

Floral Patterned Cross stitch Desk Organizer From WalterSilva

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls says:

Big, bright, beautiful daisies! Spring & Summer is just around the corner and daisies are the perfect flower to lighten and brighten your home decor! Daisies are so friendly aren’t they?!

Vintage Daisy Tablecloth   From shabbyshopgirls

Vintage Daisy Tablecloth From shabbyshopgirls

Angie Fitzpatrick from CraftyMom75 says:

I was so ready for spring craft shows and ready to make some different aprons for craft shows that are reflective of vendor’s attitude at Spring craft shows-ready to be back out, ready to start a new year and meet new people. Then, right in front of me in February appeared this fabulous floral print!

Spring Floral Pastel Apron From CraftyMom75

Spring Floral Pastel Apron From CraftyMom75

Kristen Sargent from KestrelCollection says:

I seem to work with flowers no matter the season.

My first listing of March is this triple strand bracelet using glass beads in shades of white with off white roses. I like how it’s crisp but not too formal. That’s sort of how I feel the season of Spring to be. Crisp and new, but too young and carefree to be too serious. This coloring of this bracelet plays as a neutral so you can wear it with just about everything.

Shades of White- Rose Multi Strand Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Shades of White- Rose Multi Strand Bracelet From KestrelCollection

Betty Travell from LadySnooks says:

Can’t wait to see some real spring flowers. But, I made this bracelet to fill the void until we get some real ones. I’ve used the Czech Glass Flowers in blue and added some bright green beads and garden charms.

Spring Blue Garden Charm And Bead Bracelet From LadySnooks

Spring Blue Garden Charm And Bead Bracelet From LadySnooks

Emma-Louise from LSBJewellery says:

I love to watch spring unfold as the leaves and flowers unfurl I know that winter is finally over and warmth will soon follow, I created this particular watch from a selection of glass flowers and leaves it reminds me of my garden as the new season starts.

Springtime Statement Bracelet Watch From LSBJewellery

Springtime Statement Bracelet Watch From LSBJewellery

Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery says:

I love roses, and mine generally arrive in mid-spring. This year, however, we’ve had a long hard winter so I thought a little hand lift was in order (to encourage good green and pink thoughts!).

Spring Rose Necklace From FirepanJewellery

Spring Rose Necklace From FirepanJewellery

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns says:

Having found this carved gemstone, I began to think how to make it into a pendant necklace. With the lovely color, I found these beautiful pastel gemstone beads, together I knew they would make for a great jewelry piece.

Spring Blue Agate Necklace And Earring Set TrueEarthDesigns

Spring Blue Agate Necklace And Earring Set TrueEarthDesigns

Becky from LollysCubbyHole says:

I have spring flowers… some are found in the boutonnieres below. I also have vintage hankies with blossoms, buds and vines that make me just want to sing of spring!

Men's Burlap Boutonniere From LollysCubbyHole

Men’s Burlap Boutonniere From LollysCubbyHole

Corkycrafts from Corkycrafts says:

I love to garden and my friends always ask for seeds when spring arrives of the many wildflowers that pop up here in Texas. After requests and requests I started selling them in my shop too. I love to share TX color with my friends who have moved away from Texas and also with people who love to garden. Once I started listing many more people were asking for other seeds so I branched into the seed listings during the spring and summer months so I can save up corks for my projects. Check out my shop of the variety of seeds I have available.

Texas Wildflower Seeds From Corkycrafts

Texas Wildflower Seeds From Corkycrafts

Homes And Gardens – All Things

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Homes and gardens. Just say the words and all things homes and gardens come to mind. Inspiring home and garden items from members of the Etsy ChristmasInJuly Team and their stories fill my mind with ideas! Please enjoy!

Kelly from ColourscapeStudios shares that she’s just gotten back into gardening recently. It’s her escape from the daily mummy routine! She has started growing herbs and a few pot plants, hoping to expand out soon to more flowers and eventually a veggie garden as well!

Rosemary Fine Art PhotographyFrom ColourscapeStudios

Rosemary Fine Art PhotographyFrom ColourscapeStudios

Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts loves butterflies (or flutter-bys as she always called them) and looks forward to their return to her garden every year. So when she found this fun butterfly paper, it immediately made her think of my seasonal visitors in all their glorious colors perched atop her flowers. And hey, this means she can see butterflies year round!

Multicolored Butterflies Handmade Tile Coasters From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Multicolored Butterflies Handmade Tile Coasters From CaffeinatedPapercuts

Veronica from AVAArtsSupplies loves these red flower acrylic rhinestones because she doesn’t have a green thumb for flowers! She has tried and tried and yet her flowers always die. She can keep a garden full of veggies growing, but those flowers… she may as well plant plastic flowers. At least those would last a little!

Red Flower Acrylic Rhinestones  From AVAArtsSupplies

Red Flower Acrylic Rhinestones From AVAArtsSupplies

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy wonders what says garden more than a lovely little lady bug? She used to love capturing them at her grandmother’s house. She would give her an old Tupperware container with grass in it and holes cut out of the lid. Amy would proceed to fill it up with ladybugs and carry it around all day. The next day, they all miraculously escaped, and her grandmother would send her on her way again. Pretty sure her motivation was a) extra lady bugs in her garden from everyone else’s yard and b) to keep Amy busy! When Amy found this pattern, she thought of her. One of these towels hangs in her kitchen every spring, and it makes her smile!

Red And Black Ladybug Embroidered Hanging Kitchen Towel Potoholder Combo From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Red And Black Ladybug Embroidered Hanging Kitchen Towel Potoholder Combo From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Candy from WickedlyCreative loves vintage items and fell in love with this bee gardener pattern! She loved embroidering the flowers and think it would be a perfect gift for a mother or grandmother who loves gardening.

Bee And Flowers Hand Embroidered Pillow Decor From WickedlyCreative

Bee And Flowers Hand Embroidered Pillow Decor From WickedlyCreative

Jeanne from CedarwoodsCreations observes there are all types of bugs and bees around a garden. Dragonflies have always fascinated her. They intrigue and scare her at the same time. Jeanne doesn’t think they sting but whenever one gets close to her she flinches and get spooked. They are very cool to look at though!

Dragonfly Rock Cairn From CedarwoodCreations

Dragonfly Rock Cairn From CedarwoodCreations

Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital loves sunflowers and lady bugs! This was a fun clip art set to make, and she has used it for making greeting cards for late summer/early fall.

PDF Clip Art Sunflowers With Lady Bugs Printable Digital Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

PDF Clip Art Sunflowers With Lady Bugs Printable Digital Papers From ButterflyFeetDigital

Majorie from mscennaa acquired this little vintage flower shaped jewelry embellishment and has been saving it for a creation this spring. Looking at flowers outside and thinking about picking flowers inspired her to make it into a ring!

Red Flower Ring From mscenna

Red Flower Ring From mscenna

Elizabeth from ElizabethLovesGlass is a store that is partly vintage, partly handmade. This item is is a vintage treasure and is perfect for the gardener whose flowers are blooming. When it’s time to start arranging flowers and creating beautiful indoor arrangements, a flower frog will help keep those stems in place!

Pale Blue Flower Frog   From ElizabethLovesGlass

Pale Blue Flower Frog From ElizabethLovesGlass

Laura from VintagePlusCrafts finds joy growing these in her flower garden and what to spread them all over the world!

Hollyhock Seeds From VintagePlusCrafts

Hollyhock Seeds From VintagePlusCrafts

Karen from APaperPardise believes that cannot be a girl in the world who hasn’t at some stage in her early life, proudly presented her mother with a bunch of daisies picked from the lawn – how fitting then to announce her birth with a daisy cupcake.

10 Pink Daisy Cupcake Baby Announcements, Shower or Birthday Party Invitations with Custom Wording From APaperParadise

10 Pink Daisy Cupcake Baby Announcements, Shower or Birthday Party Invitations with Custom Wording From APaperParadise

Kazaa from TangerineToes feels this beautiful Sanderson fabric is already inspired and she fell in love with it instantly. Kazaa created this sweet little accent pillow showing off pink roses and lilac growing and glowing happily together!

Cushion Cover Throw Pillow Soft Pink And Green Floral Roses Lilac Shabby Chic English Garden Pillow Cover From TangerineToes

Cushion Cover Throw Pillow Soft Pink And Green Floral Roses Lilac Shabby Chic English Garden Pillow Cover From TangerineToes

Sarah from TheFeltCollector feels this felt fabric is definitely garden inspired. She likes the colors of the pretty flowers. What would you create? She is thinking an owl would be super cute.

Garden Floral Felt MaterialFrom TheFeltCollector

Garden Floral Felt MaterialFrom TheFeltCollector

Watler from WalterSilva is fascinated by the way roses are grown and loves gardening!

Rose Bouquet Pill Box From WalterSilva

Rose Bouquet Pill Box From WalterSilva

Sarah from BellaBoutiqe23 designed this card originally for her Mom to give to her 3 girlfriends from high school. They have been friends for over 50 years! Sarah loved the saying for them “Plant a Seed of Friendship, Reap a Bouquet of Happiness”! The paper line is from Graphic 45 secret garden line and she loves the flowers. Sarah designed each card to be a different flower to represent her Mom and her three girlfriends, each beautiful and each unique.

Tealight Candle Friendship Card From BellaBoutique23

Tealight Candle Friendship Card From BellaBoutique23

DickensKnits added a special touch to this rather plain sun top by embroidering a flower on it!

Flower Baby Sun Top, From DickensKnits

Flower Baby Sun Top, From DickensKnits

May Holidays – National Teacher Day – May 6th

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.

Most celebrate this holiday by holding a celebration,an awards ceremony or having sales for teachers. There is so much we can all do to show the teachers of the world we appreciate them and their hard work and dedication to  teaching our young ones.

Candy Rauber of WickedlyCreative let me know:

As a child I moved frequently and therefore went to many different schools in several different states. I don’t remember the names of a lot of my teachers but I do remember what I loved about my favorite teachers. They engaged you in class, encouraged free speech and really listened to what you had to say. They pushed you to think about things in a different way, expected a lot of you and in response you stepped up to that challenge. To all of my wonderful teachers I would give them an A+!

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Cindy Ely of cecrafts said:

I was always a very shy little girl. I had one teacher that showed me it was ok to be just me. A red haired overweight child. She gave me all the confidence I needed to go on to succeed.
I would give her this.

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Jeanne of CedarwoodCreations told me that:

In 8th grade my History Teacher acted like no other teacher I had ever seen. He would get on his desk sometimes to make a speech like a famous historical figure. He would get ‘in character’ by changing his voice and act like a war hero from the past. You never knew what he would do. He made learning fun for our class and kept us all interested. Here’s to you Mr. W—–.

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Amy Spock of  BeadsandThreadsbyAmy stated:

Ms. Cummins was my high school math teacher as a freshman and then again in calculus as a senior. I had the privilege of having some very good teachers, but she holds a special place in my heart. As a sophomore, I had a very troubling summer and decided to drop my honors class in math. While she clearly expressed what a ridiculous idea this was, she also supported me the following year, spending hours helping me get caught back up. As a result of her help and her confidence in me, I was able to get through that class. When she presented me an award at Baccalaureate, we were both tearing up. When she found out I couldn’t afford a calculator for college (they were really expensive back in the day), she said she needed some help around the house. I washed her car and found a new calculator in the back seat. I only hope I am as inspirational to my students as she was to me. You see, she is the reason I became a teacher. Science, though, not math.

Here’s to you, Ms. Cummins! Congratulations on helping me through! I hope I make you proud!

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Karen Crisp of APaperParadise says:

I went to high school in England, and for both my O levels and A levels I had the same teacher for maths. He was patient, passionate and talented. Maths soon became my favorite subject. I stayed on at school for an extra few weeks after the end of school to prepare for the entrance exams for the university I wanted to attend, once again, he was there to help me. It was during this time that he revealed to the class of 4 or 5 students that while he was at college he had worked as a grave digger.

Now, 30 some years on, I think of him every time I write the phrase ‘thank you for your interest in my coffins’ in response to a convo about my coffins.

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Veronica and Andy Fritsch of AVAArtsSupplies said that they:

 loved science. My favorites were biology, chemistry (1 and 2), and physics! I had great teachers for all of them, but my favorite was an older gentleman who volunteered to help us. He worked on the atom bombs when he was younger, after he retired he wanted to still be involved in science so he contacted our high school to volunteer. He was always there to praise us, help explain stuff to us, or to tell us stories. He was super patient with us when we didn’t quite get it. He was strict if we gave him attitude, but you could tell he still cared. He came to the school Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and was there from my freshman to senior year. His love of science made it come alive to me. 

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WalterSilva of WalterSilva discussed:

My freshman year in college I had a wonderful intro to literature instructor. She was so down to earth, in touch with what was going on in the world and super smart . She was so passionate about teaching and that was evident. I learned so much from her and always got excited for the next class. Dr. C gave me the confidence to embrace difficulties and challenges, twenty years later I still remember how influential she was and still is… I would not be who I am if it was not for her! I would gift her this anchor pill box, perfect since she was my anchor during a time I had no confidence or idea of what or whom I was … Good teachers make an impact and that she did!

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Amanda Marie of JoiedeVivreCrafts relates that:

I am a teacher, and I know I wouldn’t be half the teacher I am without my wonderful mentor and professor, Dr. Foster. He inspired me to think outside the box. He challenged me to question how to teach close reading. He showed me that plays are meant to be performed, not read for homework. He helped me see how to teach classic literature and young adult literature. I know I owe most of my career to him. He was still so in touch with what happens in the classroom. This wreath reminds me of him. It’s bright and vibrant, just like his teaching. He always loved things that were a little wacky!
He still teaches at my university, and we keep in touch via Facebook.

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I hope wherever you are that you give a little something back to those that have done so much!