Home for the Holidays

It’s amazing how fast the holidays come back around. Before you know it we will be working on Thanksgiving dinner and then Christmas. On our Etsy team we are getting a head start with our holiday shopping promotion so everyone has plenty of time to get things done.  Today’s for our featured artists we have a mixed media selection of shops for you to check out.

Kathi Heale from Lilly Beads Designs has a wonderful assortment of beautiful jewelry. One of my favorites from Kathi’s shop is her leather wrap bracelets. Take a look…

Boho Ruby Zoisite Leather wrap bracelet

I really love the beautiful colors in this bracelet. This boho bracelet would be perfect for a bohemian gypsy friend . I really want you to see some more of Kathi’s work she has so many beautiful colors and styles of handmade jewelry in her shop.

A variety of handmade jewelry from Lilly Beads Designs.

As you can see there are many beautiful colors, styles and types of jewelry ranging from earrings, bracelets and awesome necklaces . When you go to Kathi’s shop you will see so much more. To read more about Kathi go here.


The next shop I would like to share with you is Candy from Speaks with Ancestors Candy has awesome gourd art, medicine bags , dream catchers and lots more. Her style is very native and you can tell she loves what she does.

Wolf gourd art

Wolves are very special in a lot of peoples lives. As you can see there is a lot of work that went into this amazing  piece.

To show you the intricate detail of this amazing gourd art that Candy has done I am now showing you the other sides of this piece.  It is absolutely stunning. To read more about Speaks With Ancestors shop go here.


To mix things up a bit now I would like to show you a fantastic Vintage shop. Gina from  Gina’s Vintage Shop is stuffed with collectibles, educational books, electronics, bar-ware, glassware, tea cups, coffee cups, blankets, rugs, dolls, figurines, doll furniture, accessory and travel cases, bake-ware and so much more. Her shop is always changing so it is important to go by often to see what else she has found.

I noticed that in Gina’s Vintage Shop she has a whole section of Holiday collectibles. How cool is that? So many of the items you find there remind me of Mom and Dad’s house and all the cool cherry holidays items that came out for the special time of year. Take a look

Santa’s House

This is a vintage lighted porcelain Santa’s house for the Kringle Town series made by Prettque Inc. to be used as a train accessory or in a holiday display.

Now that I am a Grandma I think the children would really think this is fun. I would put it up right next to the Christmas tree on a special table full of Christmas fun .

Now take a look at all the cute items you could decorate your home with. When the family comes by and you have a awesome meal all cooked up you could decorate your table and serve with these special holiday home for the holiday’s decor.

Home Decor for the Holidays.

To read more about Gina’s Vintage shop go here.


Next I would like to show you a really awesome shop full of cool supplies . For those of you who love to create your own gifts Paula from PTurnbulland Bishop has a lot of awesome things to choose from. Not only does she have supplies but she has many ready made things all made up for you. Take a look…..

Beaded Medicine Bag.

Paula has an assortment of beaded medicine bags that she makes. What a great gift one of these would be for someone special in your life to keep there medicines in .

There are so many really cool items in this shop that it’s hard to choose what to post. 🙂

So I am gonna go with another one of my favorites.

Bone bead supplies

Beautiful bone beads. You know how I love beads! Check out these beauties. This is only a very small selection of what Paula has in her shop. To read more about Paula’s shop go here.

These are some amazing shops. Click on the pictures and the links to visit each of these shops.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Have a beautiful , peaceful day!



Thunder Rose Leather


Something special for you in green

Tonight I thought I would invite some friends to our Rainbow Artists Team Blog.Change things up a bit. Of course I would love to have you join us but really that is all up to the individual person. I created this treasury to say Thank you to the different people who support me and my family (John). Anyway I have been real busy and haven’t had much time to say much of anything lately. So many blessings to all of you !

Hope you enjoy this blog. Take the time to look around . Michelle Emma Kay from Emma Kay Inks did a fantastic blog interview with Gina Lot.

Check it out here.

We also have a website that is coming along.

Rainbow Artists Team Website

Now for the treasury I created .

‘Something special for you in Green’ by thunderrose

For me green is a very healing color. It makes me feel good! Thanks to all my friends who always support me and my family! Much love and peace!

Whitehall Pitcher in Avocado…


Filigree Brass Cuff Top Sell…


Teal Blue Red Flower Beaded …


Hand drawn – ORIGINAL art – …


Amazon Green Dream Catcher, …


green jewelry pendant, gold …


Small bunny, miniature bunny…


Glass Block Light upcycled h…


Paper Quilling Landscape Art…


Turquoise Picasso Bohemian S…


Wire Wrap Chrysoprase Pendan…


Mosaic Hamsa with Tree of Li…


Pottery Mug, Ceramic Coffee …


Sterling Silver and Green Ja…




May Birthstone 14 KT Gold Fi…


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Interview with Gina from Gina’s Vintage Shop

Rainbow artist’s are from all over the world and sell all sorts of items. I’m curious to know more about the people behind the shops in the ‘Rainbow artists’. I’d like to know more about the places where they live, the places that they work in, and why they make the things that they do.

I’ve been be interviewing a number of Rainbow artist teamies in recent months. The latest interview is with Gina from Gina’s Vintage Shop. She tells us about how she started collecting vintage items and the story behind some of her items.


Emma Kay Inks: Where do you live? Can you describe the landscape of the place where you live? 

Gina’s Vintage Shop: Where we live has been a journey in it’s own. My ex-husband removed us from the family home in June of 2015 leaving me and my four children homeless. But two very special angels found us a home that we were able to rent to own.

When the divorce came through, we were able to buy this home. We bought it in April of 2016. Home is where our hearts are. The landscape of our home is simply the love that we have for each other and the gratitude that we have for a roof over our heads.

Gina's vintage shop - https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/295206039/jaydon-grand-piano-dollhouse?ref=shop_home_active_23
Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/295206039/jaydon-grand-piano-dollhouse?ref=shop_home_active_23


Emma Kay Inks: Tell me about the vintage items that you sell on etsy – how did you come to collecting and selling vintage items? 

Gina: My love for vintage really came from the passion my father had for old books and history. We would spend hours at book sales and touring old forts and battle ships. Vintage to me is about history and stories. Both the personal history and stories as well as the history of how the items came to be.

My shop began with a few items my father and I collected and was gathering dust in the basement. My ex-husband would not allow me to open a shop and thought my idea was stupid so I hid my shop from him until one day an order came in when he was home. The cat was out of the bag and so too the arguments that followed. But I kept the shop going and my shop grew in-spite of all that was happening in the home. Then in 2015 my vintage doors closed due those events in the home.

The day I had to shut my vintage doors was a very difficult day for me. For me my vintage shop became a part of me. The stories, the mysteries and the history of each item ran through my blood and to lose those stories, mysteries and history felt like my life stopped. My ex threw out the majority of my items.

I thought my shop doors would be shut forever but those stories and mysteries wouldn’t let me go. I re-opened at the end of 2015 with a few items that I smuggled out of the house. It has been a struggle but the stories will continue.


Thank you for being so honest about your story Gina. I’m sorry to hear about your past, but I really respect the strength it has taken for you to pick up and do it all again! 

Emma Kay Inks: Where do you find/source the vintage items that you stock in your shop? 

Gina: Most of my items are stories that had ended and are sold at garage sales, thrift stores or left in a trash can. They are in need of someone that understands their stories and can add a new chapter to continue them.

Gina's vintage shop - https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/155297668/lion-mask-balocoloc-gold-lion-mask?ref=shop_home_active_35
Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/155297668/lion-mask-balocoloc-gold-lion-mask?ref=shop_home_active_35


What is the most difficult part about collecting vintage items?

The hardest part of collecting and selling vintage items is letting them go. With so many items I find that someone in the family falls in love with it and begs for me to keep it. But the point of having a shop is to find a better home for each item and making money to provide for the family. So they must go…

Gina's vintage shop - https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/197256948/noritake-blue-moon-cup-flat-bottom-8-oz?ref=shop_home_active_33
Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/197256948/noritake-blue-moon-cup-flat-bottom-8-oz?ref=shop_home_active_33


Out of all the items that you have in your shop at the moment, which one was the most exciting find for you? 

I have many items that were an exciting find. Many items can take a lot of time solving their mystery. Questions like time period, who produced the item, where did the item come from, what pattern or design is it, and many many many other questions that need to be answered before the item is listed.

Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/listing/256517045/pedestal-compote-dish-antique-northwood?ref=shop_home_active_42

This item was discovered at a church garage sale, I had NO CLUE to the pattern or time period or who made it nor could I find any information on her. It took me 2 years to crack the case and boy was I shocked and surprised to find out that she was 115 years old. She is sooooooooo pretty and elegant even with her imperfections. I was half tempted to keep her but I really don’t have any room for her. I’m hoping one day someone will be able to provide her with a home and continue her story for the next 115 years.

Gina's vintage shop - https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/261772882/insulated-tumblers-vintage-rubbermaid?ref=shop_home_active_5  
Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/261772882/insulated-tumblers-vintage-rubbermaid?ref=shop_home_active_5


My partner loves to drink tea and we live in a cold climate, so it gets cold quickly. This item would come in very handy for us! Could you tell me a bit more about this item

Gina's vintage shop - https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/261772882/insulated-tumblers-vintage-rubbermaid?ref=shop_home_active_5
Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/261772882/insulated-tumblers-vintage-rubbermaid?ref=shop_home_active_

Vintage Rubbermaid Woodbine Tumblers were made in the 70’s during the time when everyone was getting back to nature and becoming one with it. They are made out of heavy plastic and are great for any outdoor adventure.

(Gina’s listing for this item says:

The design, the color and the durability of Rubbermaid makes this tumbler perfect for your outdoor adventure.

These cups are great for hot or cold beverages and can be placed in the dishwasher on the top rack. They hold under 12 ounces of liquid.

I have 6 total $6.00 a piece. Each will be charged a separate shipping charge…don’t panic, I just need the amount to ship the item to you. I will refund anything over a $1.

Condition: I would say each tumbler was lightly used with general vintage fading, scratches and ware.)


This item is a classic and it seems to have an interesting story behind it. Could you tell us a bit more about the origin of this item

Gina’s vintage shop – https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/173502694/cookie-jar-jmp-galleria-collection?ref=shop_home_active_2

I love this cookie jar.  I know that cookie jars seem so outdated anymore but they really can be a useful thing  not only for cookies but  for pet treats as well.

This pretty and modern looking cookie jar was a part of Woolworth and Safeway Fresh cash savers stamp with purchase program. The program worked by collecting 20 grey stamps and exchanging it for a bake ware piece. As an incentive they gave an individual soufflé baker for free. The goal was to collect enough stamps and or books to be able to complete the entire set.

(Gina’s listing says:

This product was made in Japan. It measures under 7 inches tall and from handle to handle under 7.5 inches wide. Inside depth is under 6 inches deep. Colors are white with pink and purple flowers and a gray lid. Perfect for cookies, dog biscuits or to hide your secret stash of candy)

I know that you are very busy Gina, so I really appreciate the time you have taken to tell your story. You have given me an insight into people’s passion for vintage. 

Gina’s Vintage Shop

Welcome to a wonderful Friday Evening! It’s been a week of sewing, beading , sorting beads and of course listing , picture taking  works in progress and much more. I finally got all my beads sorted out today.

In Arizona it is also time to get gardens ready. It is so warm here.

This week our shop of the week on Rainbow Artists Team on Etsy is

Gina from Gina’s Vintage

Congratulations Gina!


Vintage Compote Dish with Lid

Meet Gina

A Lesson in History…A Lesson in Business

If you sit still long enough you can hear the story behind each and every vintage and antique item, even if the story is simply an imaginary tale. Vintage and antique holds our history, our hearts and our memories.

An antique in a technical term means any thing that is 100 years old. However, the dictionary defines antique as an objet that is “belonging to, made in, or typical of an earlier period”. The dictionary also defines this term as an “object having special value because of it’s age, especially a domestic item or piece of furniture or handcraft esteemed for it’s artistry, beauty, or period of origin. Over time the word antique has been used to describe an item 50 years old or older. Others have used this term to define it by generation. For example 80 years would equal 2 generations, making that item an antique. In my shop, I list any item prior to the 60’s as an antique. Read more here .

Gina has a wide variety of vintage items to choose from in her Etsy Shop.

Gina’s Vintage


Now for this weeks treasury that is honoring Gina and 15 other artists who participated in last weeks shop of the week. Thanks everyone !

‘Gina’s Vintage Shop of the week on Rainbow Artists Team’ by thunderrose

Congratulations to Gina from Gina’s Vintage Shop Rainbow Artists Team shop of the week! Come by and share in the fun of sharing the love !Have a great week!Many blessings!

Pedestal Compote Dish–Antiq…


Ear Cuffs – Swarovski Crysta…


Native American Style Blue f…


Chrysocolla Pendant – Malac…


Fairy house, forest mage hom…


Cool Transition : Green Blue…


RESERVED for Face, Bone chok…


Wedgwood Vintage Williamsbur…


Butterfly Totem Gourd Rattle…


Handmade torched flame paint…


Hand carved feather – aromat…


Rose Quartz Butterfly Earrin…


Red Shouldered Hawk Photo Gr…


Handmade leather celtic note…


Red silver earrings, long ea…


Christmas Holiday Dress Orna…


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Fringed medicine bag with wolf paw  totem