Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Christmas in July; Upcycled on Etsy

It's the last day for Christmas in July.  Personally I have never really been much of  a shopper during the Christmas in July sales but I should start.  The busier I get with work the worse my holiday shopping seems to get.  Last year I almost had to resort to IOUs in stockings do the last minute crunch.  So in honor of the last day you can Christmas in July shop I thought I would gather a collection of my Upcycled favorites.

Don't wait until the last minute !

4 Upcycled Christmas Wreath Ornaments For the Tree Made with Soda Tabs- Red and Green- Set of 4
From PopTopTastic at
Cheerwine Stars, Soda Can Upcycled, Christmas Ornaments from
Upcycled Christmas Star from
VintageAlteration at
Map Paper Ornament Polish Star Upcycled Christmas Ornament from
WAS 85.00 - Exquisite Upcycle Christmas Tree Skirt made from Vintage Linens, Lace, Doilies, Buttons
From RebornFabrics at
CLEARANCE...Upcycled Christmas Bulb/beaded Earring Dangles - 3.95 from
CajunsDesign  at
UPCYCLED: The CHRISTMAS HOLLY Paper Bead Necklace from
ArtByEvaEsrum at
Unique, colorful felted wool barrettes for women or girls from SewSissy

Paper bead bicone, ruby red tones with burgundy, yellow and white specks, recycled - length 1.5 cm - pack of 10
From Patches and Beads

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Monday, July 29, 2013

New Members Of The Pacific Postcards Team - Series 36

Good morning,  Is it just me or does it seem that once again time has taken a giant leap forward?  Two seconds ago I was thinking about family vacations, summer, etc and now everywhere I look it is back to school. Crazy how time has been flying.

With that being said we will be fast approaching the holiday shopping season and I am definitely open to a few suggestions as to what we can do to draw some attention to our shops.  Things we have done in the past are:
Individual Giveaways
Group Giveaways
Team BNS (currently running one at: )
Team BNR
Treasury Challenges
If you think you would interested in starting any of the above (or joining in on the BNS)  or if you have a fresh new idea please comment below or send me an email I would love to have some suggestions.

Also, I am looking for someone that has a creative mind, great marketing skills and a little time to spare to help me captain this wonderful team.  If you are up to the challenge please send me an email.  It will take a little time each day so please make sure you will be able to commit to it.  I know how hard it is between work, family and Etsy, so thank you in advance.

One last thing before we move onto our introductions: One of our lovely new members from JensDesk  created a very cute treasury for our team.  I posted it after the introductions so please check it out and Thank you Jen!

Now, I am very happy to introduce and welcome our new members to the Pacific Postcards Team:
 Books and Paper
Sharon Harris
 "Welcome to iloveyoumorebooks...this is our second store...check out iloveyoumore for additional books, handmade items and vintage home decor...we offer books of all kinds...rare, out of print, vintage...history...children's...non fiction...vintage craft and sewing books etc." ~Sharon
Great Vintage and Handmade Items with a Southern Flair
 "What can I say? I love scouting local estate sales for cool vintage finds. From vintage Fire King and Club Aluminum to fishing lures and old tools, I never know what is going to call to me.

I'm no expert, just a girl who hopes you love the things I find that make me smile. Let me know if there is something you are looking for and I'll keep my eyes open for it!

I believe in recycle, reuse, repurpose. To that end I package and mail with used packing and boxes whenever possible. " ~Terri
 Vintage Objects from around the world
The Vintage
 "Hi ♥ and thank you for visiting! My name is Miki and I am half Japanese and Spanish. I am an animal lover and I love Flamenco. I currently live in Madrid.

I love things of quality, things with soul and personality, things with a story to tell. I try and find stories behind my pieces where I can and I love to imagine the life these things once had and who they belonged to. It is a fascinating world. I love this world.

I am always searching for something new and better than the last thing. I love antiques, vintage items, interesting supplies and anything someone hand made. I make my prices fair so that you too can have joy from these finds. I love to think that these pieces were once much loved and I would like them to be loved again. Some of the items I find have so much work and care invested in them, it makes me sad if someone discards them so I like to rescue them and find them a new home where they will be cherished once more.

I love to chat so I am always available if you have any questions at all. Please do contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for reading.

All the best, xxx from Madrid

Here are my other shops on Etsy:" ~Miki
 ITHwhich Vintage

"I have always loved to "dress up". Some of my earliest memories were of my mom and my aunts, wearing hats and gloves to special occasions. My aunt and uncle going to Shriners holiday parties and bringing me party favors- tin horns, noise makers, and hats. How I wish that I would have kept these items!!

For years, I have scoured yard sales, thrift stores, and estate sales looking for items to bring me back to those days. I have delighted in every find, always amazed at the things that people decide they no longer need.

It's now time to part with some of my finds. I want the items to go to people who will love and cherish them as I have.

I have instilled a love and an appreciation of everything old in my children. My two daughters will be helping me, answering questions, and giving a creative touch to the site!

Enjoy!!" ~Patricia
Estate finds, vintage treasures, the "odd" & "unusual"
"I love auction houses, estate sales, flea markets and salvage warehouses.
I love anything that is old that can be repurposed reinvented or reused
Makes you think about where is has been and what is was used for"
Fine Art Photography, cards, gifts
Colette Duran

"I love photography. I take photos of fun, quirky and beautiful things that make me smile. I hope they make you smile too." ~Colette

Old Flat

vintage and home decor
"I was born and raised in the Soviet Union. I love vintage things. I love old stories.
This my shop will focus on one-of-a-kind vintage finds and home decor, that I come across in my treasure hunts. I hope you find a little something for good mood.
You can visit my first shop of cute handmade jewelry on Etsy -" ~Iren


'Post Card Pets' by 12jantiques

Pacific Postcard Team Treasury

Vintage postcard with child,...
Baby Chicks Drinking from Eg...
Playful Kittens on Plant Sta...
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CIJ Pair of Kittens in Holly...
Embossed Blue and Yellow Par...
Pair of Kittens on Vintage P...
Happy Days - well if you'...
Scratching in the yard. Art...
Kittens or Magic Trick. Wha...
Vintage Linen Postcard Austr...

We have expanded our Pacific Postcards Team past the confines of Etsy. You can now join in the fun even if you don't have an Etsy account by joining the Pacific Postcards Team on G+ . Another great way to share our passion for postcards. I have not built a button for this yet so here is the link to our new community. If you know anyone that is in love with postcards and ephemera please pass this link onto them. Go to

The only difference in the memberships is that the latter will be included in shop
interviews, BNRs and postcard related activities. We also plan on having activities for
the general memberships. Hope to see you there soon.
Please remember that we have our very own Postcard Forum for any questions about specific postcards, collecting, creating, basically anything and everything about postcards. Finally found a rare card for your collection? Use the forum to show off that new found treasure.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Happy Caturday! Blog Hop & Linky Party

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Hey there people and Happy Caturday to you! I hope you are well, wherever in the world you may be!
As always, I am linking up my grateful list with Octavia and Vicky. My Caturday posts always follow the same formula. I'll talk about everything I'm grateful for then point out some fantastic kitty-related goodies. Grateful + Cats = Catful. Totally logical. Go with me on this :)

Grab a button and link up below! If you'd like a different sized button click here.

Here's what I am saying thanks for this week:

I am thankful that the wildfire near our home is finally controlled and that it didn't damage Palm Springs.  I am also grateful for my 4 children and my husband.  Family is everything to me so when they are strong and doing well it fills my heart.  And thankfully I have this weekend off and I am able to relax.

Here's my feline goodness for this week

This week I wanted to feature my very own Kitty - Darla! I have shared some pics of her staking her claim on MHI (her daddy!) via Instagram before. Here she is in action, claiming pride of place on his knee, his chest and anywhere else she can nestle herself in. It is literally the cutest thing!

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I Love my daddy!
Yes, I am comfortable
Up close and personal
And just so Murphy doesn't feel left out here he is snuggling up to me!
Snuggly Murphy
Before you link up your grateful and feline goodness below - I'd love if you would tweet about our hop. I love that people come along each week and link up here and I really want to invite more and more people to join in. The more linkers we have, the more goodies being shared around the blogosphere. Just click on the pick below to spread the Twittery goodness.
Tweet This Hop
Now it's your turn - link up all things feline or grateful below. I can't wait to see what you'll link up this week :)
Have a great day people!