Etsy Treasury: Strawberry Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

Today’s holiday is Strawberry Day, which celebrates the humble strawberry, arguably the world’s most popular berry. I’m still partial to blueberries myself, but strawberries are yummy too, though I tend to not enjoy them as much if they’ve been cooked. For me, fresh strawberries are where it’s at, eaten straight up or dipped in sugar.

Strawberries have become popular as a visual theme too, being an element in many fabric and paper patterns. You can’t use red fabric with small white polka dots and not evoke strawberries. Strawberries even inspired a line of scented dolls in the early ’80s, which also spawned a few television specials. Anyone remember Strawberry Shortcake and all her friends? Blueberry Muffin, Raspberry Tart, Huckleberry Pie, Lemon Meringue, Orange Blossom, plus a whole bunch of others that I didn’t have.

Take a stroll through the treasury to see some of my strawberry-themed Etsy finds, and remember that you can also see the rest of my Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

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Etsy Treasury: Handwriting Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

It’s no surprise that the art of handwriting has been suffering a slow and steady decline over the last several decades. With computers taking over just about all aspects of our lives and making things über-fast, tapping away on a keyboard has become our default method of communication. Word processing, email, texting, smartphones and social media all make picking up a writing utensil and putting your thoughts down on a real piece paper a relatively alien idea. Many school districts across the US have even been phasing cursive writing out of their curricula.

Handwriting Day (which aptly falls on John Hancock’s birthday) reminds us of the beauty and elegance that can be found in this lost art. Calligraphy has been around for centuries, but I think it’s becoming more appreciated as a true art form now that people barely write anything at all anymore, let alone write anything beautifully. Common, everyday handwritten letters and notes are now a novelty to be reserved only for extra-special occasions, or as a way to stand out from today’s qwerty-obsessed crowd. Even grocery lists have joined the digital age—I’m a Virgo and obsessed with making lists, but I have to admit that even *I* have an app on my phone to help me keep track of which pantry items need to be restocked.

This treasury explores the variety of ways in which handwriting can be simply gorgeous and unique, and the tools that can be used to do things the old-fashioned way. Visit, favorite away, and perhaps write someone a personal note today. They’ll be touched by it. (Or perhaps they’ll think you’re a dinosaur!) Remember to visit my other Every Day is a Holiday treasuries here!

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Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!

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“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?

2012 Holiday Card

*Seeing as it’s our last day on Earth, I figured I’d get this blog post out a little early. The photos are from my phone and are poorly lit, but I do plan on taking better photos and updating them when I can. Enjoy the apocalypse everyone, and your holiday too, if the world does indeed keep spinning!*

For the last several years, I’ve made my own holiday cards to send out to friends and family. There’s a certain satisfaction I get from knowing that no one else in the entire world is going to give the card that I’m going to give, and that a beautiful handmade card will make a far greater impression than any standard store-bought one. I’ve actually started to become a bit of a greeting card snob. I try not to buy them at all anymore (unless I simply don’t have time or inspiration, of course).

After making this Wedding Card, I was toying with the idea of somehow using string again. No self-tying knots needed of course, but perhaps I could hang something from the string. The question was: What?

I thought about paper ornaments. Nah.

Icicles? *yawn*

Snowflakes? *zzzzz*

How about Christmas lights? DING-DING-DING!

Working out the logistics of how to do this in a manner that my perfectionist brain would be happy with proved to be a challenge. One thing I struggled with was how to neatly handle the ends of the string. The way I had this planned out in my head would have the string begin and end at the back of the card, spanning both sides of the inside spread as well as the front of the card. Since real Christmas lights often have one lone light at the end and a plug at the other, I created the outlet illustration for the back of the card so the lights could “plug” into that and would simply add one last bulb to the other end of the string. I found an egg-shaped paper punch that worked perfectly for the bulbs and I trimmed all the “sockets” by hand (using a corner-rounder to neatly trim one end into a nice, natural curved shape). I then strung the string through the card, hung and glued each light individually, then plugged it in so to speak. 🙂

Paisley Avocado 2012 Holiday Card Outside

Paisley Avocado 2012 Holiday Card Inside

I love how these came out. I think these are my favorite of all my card projects ever.

Now I have to figure out how to top this for next year…