The Ornaments

You and your girl head in the direction of the food. However, both of you are stopped by the sight of a two-story Christmas tree with six different ornaments at seven each per ornament.

Shop: WhimsicalWinston

pine cone, ornament, hostess gift, red, gold, Christmas, decoration, wedding, party favor, reception decoration, pom pom pine cone

Pine cone...SOLD!

Just before you can stop her, your girl plucks the pine cone ornament from the tree and smiles that dazzling smile that caught your eye when you first saw her.

“This is so beautiful,” she whispers to you. “Look at the gold tips and the raised decorative print. It’s like velvet. We could buy a whole bunch of these and decorate the church pews – ”

“For what?”

“For our wedding,” she smiles and gazes into your soul.

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Shop: Mirilovelove

Personalized Holiday french Script and Gold Star Ornament

Personalized Holiday French Script & Gold Star Ornament...SOLD!

Then she plucks another ornament from the tree. “This is soooo adorable. Look, they have their names at the bottom of this one in the same French script handwriting.” She pauses.

You know she is waiting for you to say something, anything, but, your mind stopped working after she said the word “wedding.”

“We can write the names of our children on our’s, as well,” she said.

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Shop: Just4Christmas

Hand painted Glass Ball with Cardinal Snow Scene

Hand painted Glass Ball with Cardinal Snow Scene...N/A

“Awww, delicate, and a beautiful winter scene with Cardinals. Awww!  There’s snow on the ground, and this one has  been hand painted, you think? See the detail of the trees. I wonder if the artist had to wait for one side to dry before painting the other side, you think, maybe?” 

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Shop: ClaymatesPottery

Brown / tan textured bell / Christmas ornament

Christmas Bell...N/A

 “Oh, this one’s pretty, too. I love the rustic pottery texture of the delicate design.” She shakes the bell back and forth. “Paxton, Roscoe, dinner.”

“It’s not a dinner bell. It’s an ornament. Who’s Paxton and Roscoe?”

“Our sons, we’re going to have.”

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Shop: NoelBelles

Rustic Birdhouse Ornament 210

Rustic Bird House...SOLD!

“Awww, isn’t that sweet. This is you, the papa bird, guarding the nest. Me and the boys are inside the rustic metal bird house. Look, you’ve provided berries for us to eat.”

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Shop: Redfermata

Peace on Earth / hand painted globe

Hand painted Peace on Earth Globe...SOLD!

“One day, when our sons are big and strong men, they will go forth upon the earth and create peace throughout the world. They’ll carry this beautiful and hand painted globe ornament with them to remind them of you and –

You think, “God, where is the food!?” You look past your girl, who is still rambling about an alternative future, to see your friend from work who is about to make the biggest mistake of his career.

32 Days Until Christmas

Life has moved faster this year than in previous years. Seems like life moves faster after each birthday. Thanksgiving is this week and then the holiday rush will be underway as soon as the last of the turkey and trimmings have been devoured. Alright, maybe not that fast. Go to sleep and wake up for Black Friday to buy gifts in a crowded store filled with aggressive shoppers.

Well, why not skip the sales, stay home and shop online in a relaxed atmosphere. Keep on your pajamas, put on you favorite Christmas CD, sip a hot cup o’ joe and shop my favorite-ahem-your favorite store, Etsy.

For the next 32 days, I will present a gift link from the designer/vintage vendor that will come from an Etsy Treasury, a link to the treasury, as well as, a link to the shop of the curator who designed the treasury. This will give you more choices. Remember, you need an Etsy account to save and buy your favorites. You can register your new account here, and feel the relief of knowing you won’t be one of those late shoppers scrambling to find that perfect gift for your loved ones on Christmas Eve.

Ah, I suppose I need to define “Treasury” for those who are unfamiliar with the term. To promote other sellers, Etsians create beautiful treasuries filled with 16 amazing gifts which have been handmade or have become vintage. They compile these visual delights into a square of four rows. You can find intriguing foods: Vegan Lemon Ginger Caramels, upcycled stocking stuffers: a wallet made out of an old cassette, or larger gifts: Live Edge Maple Serving Plate. Anything your heart desires, you will find on Etsy. Register, if you haven’t done so, shop early, and, be at peace come Christmas Eve.

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1)   Stainless Steel Flask in Soft Brown and Robin’s Egg Blue …SOLD! by Whimsyandink

      >>Treasury: A Good Man is Like a Good Drink  Graced the front page of Etsy!!!!

      >>>Treasury Curator: KandiceInWonderland   Congratulations!!!!  Wahoo!!!

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2)   Fused Glass Napkin Holder…SOLD! by Virtulyglass 

        >>Treasury: Romantic Pink

        >>>Treasury Curator: Onor

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3)   Vintage Black Dress with Sequins and Lace…$45.00 by Worldvintage

         >>Treasury: Black Friday Black and White Delights

         >>>Treasury Curator: ArtdeJoie

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4)   Vintage Pink Enamel Rhinestone Flower Earrings…$25.00 by FreshRelics 

         >>Treasury: ooh…Shiny

         >>>Treasury Curator: LavenderKay

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5)   Headband Brown Flowers Autumn Fascinator…SOLD & Relisted!  by BoutiqueDeBandeaux

        >>Treasury: Dark Spice for Black Friday Etsy

        >>>Treasury Curator: Waterlilyjewels 

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6)   Grass Pillow…SOLD! by Yorktownroad

        >>Treasury: Gift Ideas for Country Girl

        >>>Treasury Curator: BeautyAndSpa

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7)   Jewelry Organizer…$118 by Bluebirdheaven

        >>Treasury: Things and Stuff 

        >>>Treasury Curator: Im2keys

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8)   Venetian Nights Cotton Scarf…SOLD! by ScarfRunner

         >>Treasury: Goodnight

         >>>Treasury Curator: MargaretLillian 

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9)   Extra Rusty Pulley…$40.00 by Funretro

        >>Treasury: Mint Julep Anyone?

        >>>Treasury Curator: Rctees

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10)   Green Daddy Felted Slippers…SOLD! by Onstail

           >>Treasury: Wonderful Memories of Christmas

           >>>Treasury Curator: Momsvintagetreasures 

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11)   Topaz Ruby Gold Chandelier Earrings…SOLD! by Friedasophie

          >>Treasury: LUXURIOUS: Holiday Fashion Gift Guide for Her

          >>>Treasury Curator: Pingi44

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12)   Pomtini Soap…SOLD! by Tallulah’s Soaps

           >>Treasury: Pocketful of Posies

           >>>Treasury Curator: Fivelittlegems

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13)   Breeze Blockers…$10.00 by Caseyjackdogs

           >>Treasury: Let’s Ride

           >>>Treasury Curator: Floodplainstudio

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14)   Pixie Flutes…SOLD! by Savagedryad

          >>Treasury: 12 Days of Black and Blue Christmas

          >>>Treasury Curator: Dashery

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15)   Immune Booster Herbal Tea…$10.50 by SpiritHorseHerbals

          >>Treasury: T is for…

          >>>Treasury Curator: Onetruetree

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16)   Nuno Felt Silk Bowl: Ivory Tea Light Holder…$45.00 by Dutchfeltart

          >>Treasury: Saluti Caldi

          >>>Treasury Curator: Glimmeringgems

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17)   HOT HOT HOT Regular Salsa 16 oz…SOLD & RELISTED by Gatelinesalsa

           >>Treasury: ………Snowcandy

           >>>Treasury Curator: Natural Pet Products

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18)   Raw Shea Butter-Organic & Unrefined…SOLD! by Beijaflores

           >>Treasury: Truly Green Gifts

           >>>Treasury Curator: Acastadesign

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19)   Felted Gloves…$49.00 by AureliaLT

          >>Treasury: Winter Skies

          >>>Treasury Curator: Laidbackladies

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20)   Sparkling Green Crystal Triangle Shawl…$60.00 by Bysweetmom

            >>Treasury: Pistachio Rose

            >>>Treasury Curator: AmandaRaek

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21)   Autumn Leaf Woven Silk Tie…$18.95 by Rabbitstop

          >>Treasury: Happy Shopping 

          >>>Treasury Curator: justEARRINGS

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Ok, Christmas is almost here! Remember the US Postal Office has great boxes to ship your lovely gifts to your friends and family. Also, the International Postal Service ships quick too, though you’ll need to order now, if you’ve not already done so, to get your gifts shipped to the US.

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22)   Apple Blossom Shampoo for Your Pets…SOLD! by NaturalPetProducts

           >>Treasury: A Warm Feeling

           >>>Treasury Curator: Momsvintagetreasures

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23)   Sunset on the Pond…$10.00 by Artyecological

            >>Treasury: 1

            >>>Treasury Curator: Lollyflower

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24)   Coconut Shower Caddy…SOLD! & Relisted by FLcoconuts

            >>Treasury: He thought Etsy was for Girls

            >>>Treasury Curator: Fivelittlegems

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25)   Eco-Friendly Hemp Bag with Songbird…SOLD! by Uzura

           >>Treasury: Last Minute Christmas Gifts

           >>>Treasury Curator: SilverNGold

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26)   Fingerless Gloves…SOLD! by Brendaabdullah

           >>Treasury: Light and Dark

            >>>Treasury Curator:  Aandboriginals

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27)   Panorama III-Original Acrylic Painting…$32.00 by SarahJohnAfana

           >>Treasury: Softly in Sage and Pink

           >>>Treasury Curator: Cyndiesmithdesigns

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28)   Wool Blanket–Winter Ice Blues…$36.00 by Magiebelle

            >>Treasury: Snow White Queen

            >>>Treasury Curator: HeartshapedCreations

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29)   A Dupioni Silk Stunner Sheath…$79.00 by GoGoVintage

           >>Treasury: Shades of Gold

           >>>Treasury Curator: GoodFlorist

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30)    Limited Silver Gamboy iPhone Cozy…SOLD & Relisted! by Yummypocket

             >>Treasury: The Understated Smart Guy

             >>>Treasury Curator: Mclovebuddy

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31)   Lotus Garnet Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring…SOLD! by KiraFerrer 

              >>Treasury: Garnet – January’s Birthstone        

              >>>Treasury Curator: MeadowsJewelry

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32)   1960s Yellow Wool Coat …SOLD! by ModernMode 

              >>Treasury: I Love the Winter Weather

               >>>Treasury Curator: ImpossiblyAlice

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Merry Christmas…Happy Hanukkah…Happy Kwanzaa…Happy Holidays!!!