Monday a la Mode: Pantone 2014 Fall Color Lineup

By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

I don’t always love all of the Pantone seasonal colors, but Fall 2014 is a fantastic line-up. No matter what 2-3 colors you use in a mash-up, the combination is really quite lovely. Here I have settled on Mauve Mist, Radiant Orchid and Aluminum, and again I’m very satisfied with the result.

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Check out these lovely items from some of the DTeam’s new member shops. Click to see each item in the shop, and please browse around for other great selections!

Pantone Aluminum AllThingsArtistic7

Statement Necklace from AllThingsArtistic7

 

 

Pantone MyJewelry14

Boho fringe earrings from MyJewelry14

 

Pantone LadyLibelula

Crochet slouchy hat from LadyLibelula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Pantone online for more information about how to mix and match the colors.

Talk to us: Will any of these Pantone colors be your special go-to colors for the season? If you’re a crafter or a shop owner – tell us what you’ve made in these colors!

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Tuesday Treasure: Hand Sewn Autumn Skirt for Girls

Usher in autumn in style with this lovely skirt for your little one. It would pair great with leggings or tights for cooler weather. Skirt is made from 100% cotton (pre-shrunk) in a persimmon pink crosshatch and a solid off-white design featuring tree silhouettes with falling leaves and squirrels. The 2 inch waistband has enclosed elastic with a sash. A perfect gift for your daughter, niece, or little sister! From the awesome shop of AStitchOff on Etsy!

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Monday a la Mode: DIY Gift Ideas

MondayalaMode Sept15By M Kimball, ElephantBeads

Are you a talented crafter with a limited budget? There’s no time like the present to begin planning for your DIY holiday season. If you plan now, you can order your supplies in the next few weeks, and begin your knitting, sewing, baking and creating in the autumn months. Plenty of time for the holidays!

There are a wide variety of options to match every skill set, but four clear winners rise to the top when it comes to DIY categories of gifts people love to receive:

1) Knitted or crocheted items have never gone out of style. Here is one of our own most popular (and most Pinned) DIY projects, from our very own AddSomeStitches:

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2) Photographs can be crafted into so many different gifts – from jewelry to coasters! This great blog post from Listotic includes a number of great ideas for DIY gifts using photographs, as well as a number of other great ideas:

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35 DIY Gift Ideas

 

3) DIY soaps, candles, lip balms and other personal “cookery” are always a hit. Below is a lovely idea for DIY candles-in-a-jar, but you’ll find 38 other ideas, including infused oils, in this linked collection by BuzzFeed:

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No time to create your own gifts for this holiday season? Hop on over to Etsy’s DTeam shops and you can find an endless supply of beautiful, clever handmade items for sale.

Talk to us: What gifts do you plan to DIY this season? Share your ideas and links below!

 

Monday a la Mode: Back to school fashions – fall 2014

By M Kimball – ElephantBeads

This year’s vocabulary word for middle school fashion: Eclectic.Back to School Trends 2014

In the United States alone, according to the National Retail Federation, more than $70 billion flowed from parents’ pockets to ensure their kids (including college-bound students) were dressed for success. With many students already into their first few weeks of classes, back to school shopping is well underway, but it’s not too late to get your kids on board with the three back-to-school fashion trends.

1) ACCESSORIZE: From baseball caps to fedoras, retro sunglasses to fringe bracelets – accessories are uber popular this year. The hats and glasses may not be in evidence in the classroom, but they will reappear for the walk across campus in the sunshine. And the overall look? Eclectic!

2) POP THE COLOR: Bright colors are IN. According to fashion blog Fashionista.com, orange in particular will be making its appearance this fall to brighten up the cloudier days. But colors will be seen alongside animal prints, plaids, and classic black. The overall look? Eclectic!

3) GUYS: STYLE UP! This fall, guys will be making a statement of their own. The look is likely to be “rebellious prep,” according to Andrew Bevan, Teen Vogue’s style features editor, as quoted in a recent CBS News piece. The guys’ look this year? You guessed it: Eclectic!

Talk to us: What will your kids be wearing this fall? Were there any “must have” items they didn’t want to go back to school without?

It’s never too early…

This is the time of year when those of us who are artsy or craftsy begin hankering for the holidays. How early is TOO early to begin taking the holiday decorations out of storage? When can we begin knitting, crocheting, hammering or painting the handmade gifts we’ll be wrapping up or stuffing in stockings? The answer is different for everybody (just as the holidays we celebrate may be different), but the treasuries here may put you in the mood for Halloween or Christmas…

‘Pilfer the Pumpkins!’ by Albosinensis

A feature for pumpkins and their alter egos: jack-o-lanterns

Halloween Luminaries - WindsorHillsWL Pumpkin Poop Halloween Fall Autumn Candy Gag Gift Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Halloween Onesie and Flower Headband Set - CrossMyHeartStore Jack O Lantern Lighted Jar - LoveAndSparkle
Place Cards - 16 Stamped Pumpkins - Perfect for your Halloween, Fall or Thanksgiving Dinner Party - oneofakindbabydesign Black and Orange Halloween Pumpkin Beaded Door Tassel - lizbethsgarden Halloween earrings - Lampwork pumpkins with green stems - ElephantBeads Pumpkin Organic Catnip filled Cat Toy - KittyCrackHouse
Halloween "Boo" Wooden block set - CreationsByEmilyD Personalized Halloween Bucket - TheQuirkyCork Spooky Black Halloween Baby Bib - BrennysBibbies Soy Candle - Pumpkin Pie - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘The Spookier Side of Things’ by Albosinensis

Vampires, Ghosts and Witches, oh my! (as well as a few zombies, pirates and skeletons)

At least they brought candy.

Vampire earrings, Gothic, Fang earrings, Chainmaille, Red and silver, Rosettes weave - DoBatsEatCats Personalized Halloween Bucket - TheQuirkyCork Hot Fiery Red Cinder and Black Wired Crochet Bracelet Crystal Matching Earrings Available - MegsCrochetJewels Red and Black Beaded Ribbon Headband - SomethingColorful
Breakaway Cat Collar - Free Shipping 3/8" - Swashbuckling Pirates - TheWhiteSchnauzer Spider Web and Bat button necklace - SassyBelleButtons Sweater Chain With Pink Goddess Zombie Cameo Resin Skull Resin - Rockabilly Lolita Vintage Style - PrettyLittleTragic Day of the Dead earrings with dancing skeletons - long silver dangle earrings on hypoallergenic earwires - ElephantBeads
Printable Halloween Witch Invitation - Wicked Good Time - SweetDStationery Halloween Greeting Card, Black Cat - MissTanDesigns Halloween "Spooky"  Wooden Block set - CreationsByEmilyD Skeleton Tribal Bracelet w/ Tribal Skulls - Yellow and Orange Beads - SoulMakes
Spooky Halloween Cross Stitch Pattern, Black with yellow accents 5" x 7" pattern - oneofakindbabydesign Halloween Candy Corn wood post handmade earrings - ThimbleManiac Halloween Spider Stamp Wood Block Mounted Rubber from Studio G for Spooky Card Making, Scrapbooking Crafts - VintageCarolina Halloween Sign - If the Shoe Fits - SparkledWhimsy

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Christmas Is Coming! the-etsy-d-listers-aka-the-dteam’ by whatsingramasdrawers

T he colors and flavor of Christmas in a Treasury list featuring members of The-Etsy-D-Listers – The D-Team.

Beaded Tassel Brooch with Love Always in Sterling Silver - lizbethsgarden Ceramic Ornament - Good Ole Santa Claus - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Amazing Vintage Gold Plated Rootbeer and Dark AmberRhinestone Brooch with Faux Pearl Accents - BlackMagicStudio Vintage Cookie Cutters Tupperware Holiday Set of 4 Red for Farmhouse Retro Kitchen & Kitsch Collectibles Midcentury Modern Plastic 60s 70s - VintageCarolina
Handmade Polymer Clay Beads Large Bulky Round Disc Rondelle Purple Pink Cream Set of 5 - TotallyToTheT Gold Brown Terracotta Earth Tones Bead & Button Necklace - LucyRoseTreasures Red Stacked Flower Hair Clip with Jewel Center and removable headband - CrossMyHeartStore Beaded Christmas Necklace - TheCraftyBlueCat
Wire crochet necklace, crocheted necklace, beaded necklace, green turquoise, peridot, red glass on red wire - ElephantBeads Lip Balm Case Keychain Crocheted Deep Red Variegated Cotton w/button closure - BittyBitsandBaubles Red and Black Beaded Ribbon Headband - SomethingColorful DELISH Kitchen Sign - SparkledWhimsy
Knitting Project Bag/Crochet Project Bag (reversible wristlet) in oranges and reds - IntrovertCreations Reindeer Food for Rudolph & Friends Santa Christmas Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Wire wrapped heart necklace, pearl, coral, SS - JudysDesigns Coffee Mug Cozy - Tibetan Red - CrimsonMosquito

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Thinking Far Ahead- Christmas’ by Albosinensis

A little soon, but etsy has already inspired ideas for holiday decorations and presents.

ORIGINAL Tree Landscape Painting Jewel Tones Contemporary Acrylic Canvas, 20" x 16". - TracyHallArt Soy Candle - Juniper Breeze - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha Gold filled Christmas tree earrings, No5 - JudysDesigns Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments - Satin Finish Magenta - Set of 5 - BlackMagicEmporium
Ceramic  Ornament - Tea Cup -  Cup of Christmas Tea - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Vintage Crochet Angels for Crafts - AuntMegheysCottage Crochet Christmas Holiday Bracelet Peppermint Stripes Gold Plus SIze - MegsCrochetJewels Chainmaille Christmas ornament Ball Red and green - DoBatsEatCats
Crystal snowflake ornament: Swarovski crystal and glass in red and white - ElephantBeads Pearly White Bird 3-D Paper Ornament, Delicate, miniature Set of 12 - oneofakindbabydesign Christmas Ornament Red and White Beaded Tassel - lizbethsgarden Moustache Christmas Ornaments set of 4 made from Eco Felt - BittyBitsandBaubles
Snowman Poop Winter Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gag Gift Design - DIY Printable - ABitCreativeAMP Painted Slate: Wish Upon A Star Snowman - whatsingramasdrawers Coffee Mug Cozy - Seafoam - CrimsonMosquito Vintage Cookie Cutters Tupperware Holiday Set of 4 Red for Farmhouse Retro Kitchen & Kitsch Collectibles Midcentury Modern Plastic 60s 70s - VintageCarolina

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Take a break from the dog days…

Summer is still lingering, but the kids are back in school, and several DTeam members are hankering for fall! Perhaps it’s the unusual heat that is hitting certain areas of the globe these days. Take a little break from the heat with these late summer, early Fall and back to school treasuries…

‘Back to School!’ by BittyBitsandBaubles

Well, that time of year always seems to come around, see what the DTeam has to offer for back to school shopping.

Motivational Art Print, Life is about Possibility, 8x10 - MissTanDesigns Handmade Personalised Wooden Shabby Chic Chalkboard, Blackboard, Kitchen, Notice board. - PeachesandCreamUK Rustic bookmark in tangerine - beaded metalwork artisan made gift - ElephantBeads cross stitch clown fish bookmark. - Crystalcat1989
Ceramic Pencil Holder - Sunflower Pencil Holder - GrapeVineCeramicsGft Crochet Nerdy Anklet - brown and yellow - MegsCrochetJewels T-shirt Memory Quilt- Deposit Only - CrossMyHeartStore Feather hair extension, blue and gold parrot feathers - JudysDesigns
Multi Strand Bead and Leather Bracelet - SassyBelleWares Vintage Bookends Industrial Metal Retro Library Chic Pair Midcentury Modern Minty Aqua Green Farmhouse - VintageCarolina Crochet Slouch Beanie Hat Erika Lynn in Blue Medium - AddSomeStitches Zipper pull Chainmaille Celtic Visions star Silver and blue Aluminum - DoBatsEatCats
Highlight Reel Wooden Sign - SparkledWhimsy Scoodie Hooded Scarf - Crazy Yarn Ver 3 - CrimsonMosquito Upcycled Notebook/Recycled Notebook made from Clif Bar box (Crunchy Peanut Butter), 50 sheets/100 pages - IntrovertCreations Black Felted Turntable Laptop Sleeve - fiberpuppy

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Eager for Fall’ by Albosinensis

Inspired by the colors, views and scents of fall

Soy Candle - Apples and Maple Bourbon - 8 oz Mason Jar - Hand Poured - SimpleScentsByKeisha Landscape Photography - fine art print Aspen nature Rocky Mountains Colorado - 11x14 Photograph "Autumn Aspen Canopy" - ABitCreativeAMP Printable Wedding Invitation Set - Woodland Rustic Birch Tree - SweetDStationery Medium Gold Leaf Hair Barrette - Woodland Collection - Whimsical - Nature - Bridal - NestingPretty
Wire crochet necklace, agate necklace, crochet wire jewelry, Libra gift - ElephantBeads Bike Handlebar Handbag - Cotton & Convertible - Citrus Fall - le3sorelle Ancient Coin Bracelet with Pearls and Baltic Amber - Foret Home Decor Beaded Tassel Tiger Eye Gemstones in Brown and Yellow - lizbethsgarden
Copper leaf earrings, Women Jewelry Casual Style - DtailsULike Coffee Mug Cozy - Tibetan Red - CrimsonMosquito Apple Wedding Table Number Holders, Fall Wedding Decor - ExpressionsFloral Crochet Fruit Basket in Olive Green - AddSomeStitches
5 in 1) Shabby Orange Flower - ShabbyShine Toddler Dress, Long Sleeve, 2PC Set Fall/Winter 2012 - BebeSophie Gold Brown Terracotta Earth Tones Bead & Button Necklace - LucyRoseTreasures Mustard Yellow Flower Ring with Crystal Accents - BlackMagicStudio

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

‘Autumn.’ by AddSomeStitches

Beautiful autumn colored items.

Agate gemstone bracelet in autumn colors - red, chocolate, honey, pink, bear brown - ElephantBeads Home Decor Beaded Tassel Tiger Eye Gemstones in Brown and Yellow - lizbethsgarden Handmade Ceramic Nested Nesting Pottery Stoneware Dishes Set Trio azul azure Blue Latte Brown - TotallyToTheT Art Deco Deeply Carved Coffee Brown Bakelite Bracelet - BlackMagicStudio
Pearl leather and copper tube accent bracelet, white pearl - JudysDesigns 1960s amber yellow glass - vintage kitchen - vintage pitcher and glasses - 24KaratOld Coffee Mug Cozy - Burnt Orange - CrimsonMosquito Brown Tiger Eye Crochet Vintage Bronze Strand Necklace Adjustable and Hypoallergenic - MegsCrochetJewels
Knitted brown and yellow pouch / dice bag - Crystalcat1989 1950's Orange Crane Vintage Kimono Medium 6 Inch Chained Kiss Lock Clutch - kaleidoscopebyerin Golden Forest Copper Gold Glitter Poinsettia Rustic Orchard Bridal Bouquet - ExpressionsFloral Reserved for Donna Shabby Chic French Arm Chair: Devon - lemonAIDER
Clearance--Eco Felt Embroidered Brown Baby Booties accented in Green and Peach - BittyBitsandBaubles Picture Jasper Doughnut Necklace - whatsingramasdrawers Halloween Sign - Now Welcoming Candy  Collectors - SparkledWhimsy

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Ghost Stories

October is the perfect month for stories about ghosts and spirits. The DTeam members have been sharing their personal experiences with each other and we thought it would be fun to share a few with everyone. Read on for tales from the other side!

Grape Vine Ceramics and Gifts has a great story that makes you realize our loved ones who have passed are still here in spirit and watching out for us. Here is her story:
When my youngest son was born, there were major complications due to the fact that he was six weeks early. We live in a small enough community that the doctors here don’t always have access to the needed equipment. When that happens, they life watch patients to larger hospitals that are at least 3 hours away. Chris was life watched because the next level respirator was in Wichita. They offered to take my husband with him because I had had a C-section and they weren’t ready to move me, but he was 5 pounds over the weight limit. So he drove (I should say flew in his own way). We have friends on the highway patrol that knew I was pregnant, when they clocked him at 120 they began pursuit and called to the hospital to see what happened. They let them know that Chris was being life watched and that he was heading to the hospital. Our friend then tried to set up an escort a) to make sure my husband got there and b) to keep him from getting a ticket or worse. Eight troopers tried at various overpasses to get in front of him and lead – it didn’t work. There’s an area called the Cheyenne Bottoms between Hays and Wichita and it is notorious for heavy fog at night and early morning. When my husband came up to it there was a small pick up that set the pace and wouldn’t let him pass. It was the same color pickup that my husband’s best friend had had. As a matter of fact the same color truck that his friend had rolled and lost his life in six years earlier. Once he was through the area of fog the truck was gone. I don’t necessarily call this one a “ghost story” but I do know that someone was looking out for him that night.

Elephant Beads has a story that animal lovers, especially those who have lost a beloved pet, will be fascinated with:
Back in August of 2008, my 10 year old ginger cat, Eddie, died suddenly after being attacked by roaming dogs. His soul-mate was Maisie, a little pixie of a cat with a manx tail – she was bereft when Eddie died, and after moping around for a day, she vanished for two days. We looked everywhere for her, but couldn’t find her. When she returned, she was cheerful and happy – but strangest of all, she began spending her time in all of Eddie’s old sleep-spots. She had never been willing to climb the big olive tree in the backyard, but immediately she went up into the tree, just like Eddie used to, and lounged in his “spot” up in the crook of two branches. I was absolutely convinced that when she was gone for two days she had gone away, met with Eddie’s spirit, and gotten some Eddie-pointers from him. 

When we moved to our new home in Phoenix, we brought our Eddie memorial stone and placed it in our new yard. It had only been about a year since his death, and I was mourning the fact that we had to leave his spirit behind. But about a month after moving here, there was a really spooky twilit  evening when the wind was blowing and I heard a strange sound outside. I went out front, and there was a HUGE beach ball (at least two feet in diameter) bouncing down the street, and not a soul in sight. I watched it bounce out of sight, and then in a flash, there was Eddie, running across the corner of the front yard, and up the path beside our new house. I know it was him, because this was a new development, and there were NO cats around, before or after that day, other than our cats. I think he was letting me know he was still with us.

Meg’s Crochet Jewels and Aunt Meghey’s Cottage has another pet story:
My cat is really in tune with the “otherside” I am positive that we have a ghost in this house because she never used to do this at the trailer where we lived before. But here she will stare at the same spot on the ceiling, and then sometimes it moves and she follows it around but it always starts in the same spot on the ceiling.

Halloween and Harvests

The fruits of harvest are the themes. One is a treasury with pumpkins and the ghouls that come along at Halloween.  The other takes a look at the rain forest and it’s fruits and colors.  What a mix! All of them are so vibrant and lovely.

Spooky Halloween by  MissTanDesigns

The D-Team’s Succulent Rain Forest by ElephantBeads

Thanks for looking at what Etsy’s DTeam has to offer you for this season.  For more epic finds please visit Etsy and keyword search DTeam.

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