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Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium 

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Victorian Gifts

Contributor post by Mairi of mairidesign

The Victorian era was a time of hard work and building for the future but, also, a time of opulence and heightened interest in the arts. Refined sensibilities, romanticism and mysticism influenced our fashions and home decorations to create an expression of the time. With this inspiration, our team have gathered their Victorian style items to celebrate such an innovative period of our history.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

When I think of Victorian, I think of doves, hearts (love), soft colors, intricate patterns, has a romantic feel, and is classy. This heart wreath was made and painted by me forty plus years ago from a kit. I’m not sure how ‘classy’ it is, but it does bring out the feeling of love and romance. It would be beautiful on a door or wall.

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Wreath Wall or Door Vintage

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

I love this Victorian cameo ring with Marcasite sparkle accents very unusual composition mother of pearl Abalone iridescence within a decorative 14k gold twisted rope edge.
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Victorian Cameo Ring

YOKO from yokojewelry says: 

Antique Victorian taste earrings with lapis lazuli. Beautiful lapis lazuli stones are set like a picture on a gold picture frame.
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Lapis lazuli cabochon earrings

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says: 

I love keys and I think this key fan pull could fit this era. Boudoir comes to mind and hot summer days in English posts in India.

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Ceiling Fan pull

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

I was drawn to the triangular stones on this beautiful Victorian brooch. Another Shop owner, who specializes in jewelry, shared her knowledge and proof read my description. She told me it is Czech Glass and was able to determine the age of the piece by the style of the clasp.

The Lily of Valley Tea Cup and Saucer belonged to my husband’s grandmother. The colors of the set complimented the brooch.

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Victorian Czech Brooch

In 1846 John Livesey made a curtain machine based on Heathcoat. The XIX. In the second half of the century, Victorian UK products are highly popular. The bobinet curtain is an upgraded version of lace upholstery that provides a more diverse base structure and greater patterning options. My lace cushion is made with this technique!

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Victorian Lace Pillow

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

Let’s Have A Tea Party

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

As a kid and even an adult it is so much fun to have a tea party with friends and others. There are many types of foods, desserts and more that go into a tea party.

I love having the finger sandwiches, scones, different types of teas and using such beautiful tea services at the tea parties I have gone to.

What do you have in your shop that can be used in a tea party?

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba says decorate your living room with a nice, food theme art piece, it will help you to set up the right atmosphere for your indoor tea party.

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Dessert drawing of macaroons

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this antique cup and saucer would look lovely on the table and it’s pretty enough to leave on display when the guests have departed.

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Vintage china cup

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states  this vintage Noritake creamer and sugar bowl with lid was only manufactured during the years of 1979-1986. It would make a wonderful addition or replacement piece to your Fine China collection.

Noritake cream and sugar bowl

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says while your guests are already calm and comfy from the tea and fixings, a candle with Lemon Essential Oil may be the perfect addition to your tea party. Lemon Essential Oil has been shown to help promote positivity.

Lemon soy candle

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said wonderful gift favors with adorable charms.
English garden tea comes to mind–I can see it added to the place settings and see the lush garden around it.

Tea party zipper pulls

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam states tea parties are great fun. When I went to Ireland we had lots of tea and scones. I am sharing One of my favorites from my personal Tea pot collection!!

Vintage Cronin blue teapot

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says nothing sets the tone of a tea party better than having a nice table setting. Linens can make it even more special. My mom has made so many great table runners that I’ve used throughout the seasons. It makes the place settings even nicer. Here’s one that combines turquoise and brown with a rich floral and paisley pattern.

Quilted table runner

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said if you’re going to have a tea party, then you need to keep the tea warm while you chat! A stylish Harris tweed tea cosy is just the thing. The lovely fabric is hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides islands, and any item made from it is a little bit special.

Harris Tweed tea cosy

Mairi from mairidesign states I’d say we all need butterflies at our tea parties. Pop a colorful butterfly into an empty iced-tea bottle with a few wild flowers from the park, lay down the gingham picnic blanket, and nibble on your Scotch eggs, cucumber sandwich triangles and sip some chilled iced-tea from a china cup.

Butterfly stained glass pot decoration

Amanda from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says my strawberry tea cosy is perfect for any tea-party. It is my best seller and is popular across the globe including Europe, America, Hong Kong and Australia. It was originally created for a 50th birthday tea party and was the highlight of the day!

Strawberry knitted tea cosy

Marta from GottliebTextiles said your kitchen also deserves to be decorated for the tea party. These dish cloths have lovely pastel color tea party themed embroideries. Not only a perfect kitchen decor but also will become handy when washing dishes after the party.

Dessert tea towels

 

Hearts On Fire

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Hearts are all around us, especially around Valentine’s Day. Hearts are used to show affection, love and friendship.

Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says love is in the air and we hope it is here to stay. May the spirit of Valentine’s Day be with you everyday. May you love the way you may to make love stay and we hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Personalized Young Love Custom Picture Frame

Nancy from EponasCrystals said I love pearls and hearts! Here they are combined to make a leather, pearl and tassel necklace. The connector says “Love is the answer”. That says it all!

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Pearls and Leather Tassel Necklace

Cindy from Cynhumphrey states you may wear your heart on your sleeve but now you can show off a heart on your wine glasses too! These are fun wine accessories to show off your love for wine and add a touch of romance to a candle lit dinner.

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Beaded heart wine charm

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says these Hearts are great for the everyday Music Lover in all of us or to use as a unique Valentine Decor. Great for everyday Decor also. Express your love of Music and hang this fun Banner in a special place.

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Hearts banner

Judy from JAMsCraftCloset  said these are hand painted mugs by ME…My son and I always leave our conversations with ‘Love You More’. I made the mugs for my son and his wife then made a couple extra for my Etsy shop.

Love you more heart mug

Mairi from MairiDesign states like all our hearts, this fiery-red glass heart is strong yet fragile, treat it kindly and it’ll last a lifetime. Beautiful glass for the sunshine to catch and remind us how much we are loved.

Red glass heart suncatcher

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says we were thrilled to find this set of angel candle huggers complete with their original box!

These were intended to be Christmas decorations, but could easily be placed in other candle holders and “hug” pink or white candles for Valentine’s Day. Each angel holds a puffy pink heart. They were made by Dansan in Japan Circa 40’s.

Vintage angel candle hugger

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says we have all met those teachers who just keep giving and giving. We’ve designed our ‘Big Hearts Little Minds’ art in honor of all those educators who always have more love, patience and wisdom to share. Since this item is digital it’s really versatile and can be used as a digital greeting, inserted in a blog or email, or printed out at home or professionally to give as a gift.

‘Big Hearts Little Minds’ Art

Astrid Stenerud Prayag from RedNeedleQuilts says love in the air and St Valentine’s Day should be celebrated every day. Decorate your table with these unique place mats and enjoy a romantic dinner for two. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Quilted Placemats

Fabulous Flowers

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Fall is officially here, and it’s the time I plant some of my favorite bulbs so I can get that thrill of colorful flowers in the spring. It reminds me of all the joy planting, growing, viewing and displaying flowers brings to me. It makes me wonder about your flowery favorites. Our Christmas in July team members shared these items and stories.

Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

I don’t like to plant or grow flowers, but I do love anything that is floral. I believe flowers brighten every day and anything that holds flowers or has flowers on it.

I found several vintage bottles at an estate sale. I kept looking at them and wondered what to do with them. I decided instead of selling them as is, I would paint flowers on them. This is what I came up with.

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Richard and Tatiana from DesignstheLimit says:

We pick fresh flowers from our yard throughout the year and use them in our photography for our bridal party and couple’s monogrammed gifts in our shop. We love the addition of the flowers in the images and love including a little part of our home in our work.

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willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says:

We enjoy finding vintage items like vases or decor with a floral theme. I took the photo of this toothpick holder earlier in the year. The Forget-me-knot flowers grew in our garden.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

I definitely do not have a green thumb when it comes to flowers. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. I especially love the blooming flowers!

On the other hand, I also love faux flowers but I don’t want them to look like a cheap plastic floral decoration.

Allergies also run in the family so sometimes it’s a challenge to find just the right bouquet for our table.

That’s what inspired this neat item! It’s a combination floral and upcycled item all rolled up into one truly amazing conversation piece! The flower is made from pistachio nut shells! The finished bouquet is perfect for the table (if nobody in the family is allergic to nut trees)! The best part is, it can be custom made to match any decor theme!

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Lia Russo from Ghirlandiamo says:

I’m really fond of bulbs, particularly l do love irises. I liked the American Iris Society’s Facebook page, where I can see these wonderful flowers. And this is my homage to them.

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pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

I love flowers! Spring is my best display. I have many perennial flower beds but they are a lot of back breaking work. If only it wasn’t for weeds! These tin canisters are bright and flowery!

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Ilda Pereira from lililapt says:

Flowers are one of the favourite motifs I use when I embroider. I love them!

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Astrid Stenerud Prayag from RedNeedleQuilts says:

I love pansies. We always had pansies on the farm in Norway where I grew up. Every year, at the end of the cold and snowy winter, my late Mom bought seeds to grow for the garden. Among the several sachets with seeds, there was the pansies. I couldn’t wait for the seeds to grow, for the tiny plants to get big and strong enough to be planted in pots outside as well as in some of the flower beds. I love all the color variations the pansies have, so colorful and eye catching.

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JO from alustrousjewellery says:

Love flowers! I remember picking daisies as a child and making daisy chains, these daisy earrings remind me of that time.

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Kristen from KestrelCollection says:

I love fairy flower earrings. I make them in all different colors and styles and they are where most of the color resides on my shop.

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Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

It’s hard to imagine anyone that doesn’t love flowers. Hmmm… maybe those unfortunate folks with allergies. Well here’s a handful of flowers guaranteed to be pollen free!

Vintage lucite teal blue moonglow rounds and light blue Peruvian flowers – so pretty together. The clay fired hand painted flowers vary slightly from one to another adding a unique element to this sweet bracelet. These Peruvian beads have a folk art vibe that is a pleasing contrast to the luminescent vintage lucite moonglow.

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Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers says:

I have a shop full of flowers! Here though is a piece made from recycled paper and featuring two roses. Here I’ve used paper from an old copy of Pride and Prejudice but as a custom order you can scan me a page from your favourite book, the sheet music from a special song or even a section of a map showing a favourite place and I can turn into a truly meaningful piece of jewellery.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Roses are my favorite! Especially the fragrant varieties. This is a real rose bud encased in resin.

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Susan Fowler from SSFDesigns says:

Flowers!!I love flowers and used to be a florist till I retired this year. I usually try to incorporate flowers of some kind in my designs . Here I created a poinsettia pin for the holidays with just a touch of sparkle and holiday magic!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says

How about a hand knitted and felted bag with a flower on it? Recently I purchased a book on how to make real flowers other than this one and knitting and felting them has been a real treat. My last purse that I sold was my cover photo of a red purse with pansies. There are lots of flowers to knit and felt, it just takes time and patience.

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Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

No hat without flowers. Flowers determine the style of a hat. Depending on material and design. This hat from jeans fabric with crochet flowers and embroidered with pearls is reminiscent of the 70’s.

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Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

I love making paper cut out flowers for diy creators. Tropical florals are a great way to decorate weddings and showers.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

I love the idea of digital paper because once you purchase the file, you can keep it on hand and printout as many or few as you like. You don’t having to rush back to the store for more of the same when you run out.

This floral stationery is cheerful with beautiful autumn tones of warm reds and oranges. I captured the background photograph of straw flowers while shopping at a market in Montreal, Canada.

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Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE says:

A lot of my artwork focuses on flowers. I have recently become enamored with the the language of flowers. I am fascinated with the symbolic meanings attributed to flowers and love the lore of the Victorian age when flowers were purposefully and thoughtfully arranged so as to convey secret messages and nuanced thoughts.

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Cerena Levene from CerenaLevene says:

I truly enjoy flowering trees, with the branches being just as extravagant to me as the floral explosions erupting along those limbs. I enjoy the light streaming throughout, showcasing shadowy depths and highlighted blossoms!

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Przemila K from CanisArtStudio says:

Autumn is the last moment when I can paint flowers by nature. I like the colors of autumn flowers. They create strong accents and add joy when days are cloudy. I sketched pastel by nature. This is a classic still life.

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Patricia from TheOldBarnDoor says:

I planted a special garden in the fall of 2016 so that I could show my Canadian pride in the spring of 2017 for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. This was a lavish display of red and white tulips. I couldn’t help but smile every time I walked past this part of the garden in the spring.

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Holiday Jewelry – #CIJParty 2017

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird 

Holidays in the winter season, including Christmas, can be an opportunity for such happy times. And those of us who like to decorate ourselves as well as our homes and trees often do this with special jewelry. We asked our teamies to share their favorites in this regard, so we can draw inspiration from their holiday jewelry celebrations!

For all those “little black dress” occasions around the holidays, I love to throw on a long, graceful statement necklace that adds a festive, swingy pop of color and sparkle to the clean look of the little black dress! This one pairs FABULOUSLY with a pencil shaped black dress to add a swingy, slimming line of shimmer in festive greens and golds! The tassel screams party while still maintaining a polished and put-together look!

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Green Beaded Fringe Necklace with Tassel, Jewelry Long Necklace Lucky Green Tassel Necklace Gold Green Tassel, Sari silk tassel jewelry

How about some ” fire and ice ” earrings for the holidays with creamy crystals and wonderful red tassels in leather:

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Red faux leather tassel gold tone earrings – creamy crystals dangles – light weight – classic design – 2 inch long – vacation -resort wear

I love Christmas (it is summer at Christmas for me!). These drop bead earrings are great to wear out to parties!

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Blue bead earrings, two tone dangle earrings, green, Birthday gift idea, pierced earrings, hook earrings

I love to decorate myself at Christmas as well as my house/tree, and green is my favourite Christmas colour. These earrings made with upcycled buttons and beads are a great festive accessory, and can be custom made in different colours.

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Earrings Green and Silver Upcycled Dangle – Button Jewellery – Christmas Jewellery – St Patricks Jewelry – Vegan Jewellery

Christmas for me is about shiny & sparkling things, like golden glitter in the x-mas tree or sparkly decorations on the table. This piece from my store is the most sparkly of all and it makes a lovely Christmas gift!

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SALE Spirit Quartz Druzy Gold Dipped Necklace

Gillian Haqqani from Gillisflowers said:

I love Christmas carols and I always love to listen to the Carol service from Kings College. I used to sing in a choir and one year had the priviledge of doing the solo first verse of Once in Royal David’s City so it has to be these musical angel earrings.

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Musical christmas angel earrings, angel earrings, guardian angel, origami angel earrings, recycled paper, vintage sheet music, Christmas

Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said:

It would be a wonderful Christmas Gift for women these gorgeous Vintage 40s crystal neckalce and bracelet set.

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Vintage 1940s Necklace and Bracelet Set Crystal and Ruby Art Deco Wediing Jewelry

Carol Braden-Williams from SilverTrove said:

How about a renaissance style ruby statement ring for all those holiday parties and gatherings!

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Renaissance Style Lab Ruby Ring, Sterling Silver Ruby Ring, Size 6 Ring, Ornate Gemstone Ring, Ruby Engagement Ring, July Birthstone Ring

Desert Dabbler from DesertDabbler said:

To celebrate CIJ I made two holiday bracelets. I used Kumihimo, a Japanese braiding technique, and seed beads. Here’s one of them:

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Christmas Bracelet – CIJ – Kumihimo Braided Bracelet – Red Gold Green Bracelet – Holiday Jewelry – Christmas in July – Long Bracelet

Batul from GalantaJewels said:

I would choose this elegant green onyx necklace. I think it’s both fun and glamorous and is a perfect compliment to the season!

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Green Onyx Necklace, Statement Necklace, Green and Gold, Mother of the Bride Gift, Emerald Green Necklace, Gemstone Necklace, Gift for Mom

Well, this pin isn’t for everyone, but we think it’s funny! (Don’t wear it to Grandma’s house!)

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Vintage Suggestive Pinback Button Metal “Wanna Make Me Merry?” Funny Gag Gift Unisex Holiday Jewelry Retro Pin

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 said:

The perfect earrings for that little black holiday dress!

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Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

JO from alustrousjewellery said:

I love angels, there is some thing reassuring about them, one of my favourite songs is Amy Grant, Angels watching over me.

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Angel, Sterling Silver Angel Necklace, Sterling Silver Christmas Necklace, Sterling Silver Angel Heart Necklace, Gold Angel Necklace

Until next time,

Sheila