Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Happy Holidays To All

Shouting out a loud greeting to all expats away from home this Holiday Season. 

Hope it's a happy and safe holiday for you all.

Away from home and feeling lonely?  Stop by our chat thread and say hello...no need to feel alone, someone is usually around to hang out with.  

Come see our Holiday board and challenge boards on Pinterest.  Join in the fun and post in our next challenge ... to be announced in this thread to start 1st. January.
Hope to see you there.  


Wednesday, 19 December 2012

'Tis The Season: November/December Challenge.

Such a busy time of year for everyone, we decided to do two months together.  
Seemed to be successful, as we had several members participate with all kinds of items with both Southern hemisphere and Northern hemisphere seasons including Christmas and Hanukkah items.

Our winning entry came from artophile with this lovely engraved glass  lantern.
Engraved Glass Lantern
Winning entry from Shirl of artophile

Right behind her with just one less vote was LylaAccessories'
pretty embroidery hoop snowflakes.
2 pc Set - Red Snowflake - Christmas - Complete Cross Stitch - Embroidery Hoop Wall Art - Red & Cream

Come check out the treasury for yourself and see all the wonderful choices.  

Once again, thanks to all who not only entered an item but also came and commented and voted.  Real team effort.  Good job.

Wishing you all a happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year.  Look forward to more fun challenges.. next one in 
January 2013.  See you then.  

Thursday, 8 November 2012


"Changing Times"

Must have been a busy time for all our team as we only had a few entries this month.  
However, there are always enough gorgeous and interesting items in team members' shops to fill in the blanks.  It was great fun looking around all the shops to find something.  We have such a talented team. 

Here is how our October challenge treasury finally looked.  Check it out here.

Only a few votes but the winner was decidedly this lovely corset from byCecile.

 Click on the items to take the link to the Etsy shop for a peek.

Items submitted were:
Patriotic WWII London Scarf from foulardfantastique.
Novelty Cotton Fabric Teddy Bears from fabriquefantastique
An original ACEO from silentmagician
A Specialized photograph of an abandoned building from CandyMountainPhotos
Hanukkah 'Festival of Lights' gift tags from handmadeinisrael
Karen's gorgeous cobweb felted scarf.  Check it out at KarensLoom
1960's Seamfree Stockings from JustOneLook

Thanks to all members who entered, commented and voted once again.

Our next challenge with be a double one for November and December.  Look for it towards the end of December:  'Tis The Season.  

At The Water's Edge


What a varied and interesting treasury this was!  From vintage fishing bobbers to a South Seas citrus yellow vintage scarf.; Sea shell artwork to a carved ostrich egg.  Amazing, imaginative items.  

Our winner was Shirl of artophile with her superb intricately carved ostrich egg depicting a dolphin leaping above the waves!  Brilliant!  
Check it out for yourselves:
 Carved Dolphin Ostrich Egg 
Winning entry

Thanks again to all team members who entered, commented and voted in this fantastic treasury.
Now don't forget to check out our next month's challenge.

Friday, 7 September 2012

vintage coffee grinder coffee mill moulin a cafe

This was our winning entry from thehopetree:   

Our last team challenge theme "A Fresh Start' was another wonderful eclectic mix of items and whether vintage or new all fit the theme really well.  Take a peek at our gorgeous treasury.

Vintage Tea Strainer- Pure  German Nickel

LaBelleOmbrelle's lovely vintage tea strainer was neck and neck for votes with thehopetree's fabulous vintage coffee grinder then coffee came up trumps and beat out tea by a narrow margin!  Well done both of you.

Seaside grass photograph, simple wall decor, turquoise, 8x10 print, sky blue, beige, nature photography

My monography's fresh and pretty seaside grass photo 
also came in close behind.

Lovely to see so many involved and voting.  Thank you all for participating.

Join in the fun next month with our theme: 'At The Water's Edge'
See you there!!

Monday, 13 August 2012

July's Challenge: Celebrating Red, White & Blue

July's Challenge

Dragonfly stained glass Fused Glass Flower Bouquet suncatcher

Winning Entry
Monique's lovely dragonfly glass flower bouquet suncatcher

Mid summer seems to be a slow time for all of our team no matter where we are located. 
Some are moving, some are vacationing and some are just too hot to do much.  
Nevertheless we had enough members participate in our team challenge to get a treasury together.
Our theme for July was centered around all the events happening so close together in USA, UK. Canada & France and of course the Olympics for all the countries who share these colours.  Our title:  
'Celebrating Red, White & Blue'

We had several lovely items in shades of blue, red and white to make this gorgeous treasury.  

Many different items were picked but one stood out as the most popular and that was uniquenique's beautiful dragonfly and flower bouquet.  

Thank you all for participating, promoting and sharing this fabulous treasury.  
Please come by next month to see our August challenge and vote for your favourite.  
Don't forget to tell your friends to help with the voting!! 

Thursday, 12 July 2012


Felted Picture - Fairyland
Winning entry from realfaerie

June's challenge theme was titled  'Make Believe '.  
The Expats, true to form, let their imaginations run free and came up with some wonderful items for our treasury.  

Many items were favourites.  Betti of realfaerie entered this very imaginative felted fairyland picture and it was voted as the winner.  
Well done and Congratulations Betti!! 
Thank you all who entered and supported our team challenge.  

Don't forget to check in on the first Monday in August for another team treasury featuring our July theme:
Celebrating Red, White & Blue.   See you there!  

Saturday, 9 June 2012

The Ties That Bind

May was a busy month for most of us Expats but we still managed to get a lovely treasury challenge together:  "The Ties That Bind" 
So many of us missed out on Mother's Day and Father's Day is coming up soon. With expats far from home this gave us chance to share what we miss. 
A wide variety of items were displayed from a family of sheep to apron strings, it was a strange and lovely mix in this month's treasury .

This charming cushion cover from tailorbirds got the most love and was chosen as our winner. 
Our winning entry from tailorbirds. 

Thanks to Hayley of www.etsy.com/shop/thehopetree for putting this treasury together and everyone who supported our team challenge.  Look forward to seeing all our entries for June.  

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Dreaming of Gold

For April's challenge the Etsy Expats let their day dreaming take over and many wonderful items were contributed for this treasury titled: 'Dreaming of Gold.

In fact we had too many for just one treasury so for the first time, we had a part 1 and a part 2!
Hardly surprising that many items were favourites but a count showed Maria of mariacorcuera's lovely, delicate gold earrings and Jan of foulardfantastique's charming scarf tied for first place.
Jan's gorgeous scarf.

Maria's beautiful flower earrings.

Thanks to all who entered an item in this fabulous two part treasury.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

In my garden

Etsy expats are back with a challenge. For the month of March we celebrated the return of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (us Southern Hemispherer's were just happy to pretend spring was on the way). And we submitted our favourite garden-related items. The challenge was: In my garden.

I'm happy to announce that the winner for this challenge was Monique from UniqueNique with her gorgeous dragonfly.

Dragonfly - from Unique Nique

Then Elena from Peony Forest and Jacqueline from Jacqueline Fouche Design Studio both get an honourable mention for their entries.
Copper flowers
Coco the Lop-eared Bunny

Have a look at all the gorgeous entries the Expats submitted for this challenge.

And a special thank you to Linda from Sew Fine Fashions and Just One Look for pulling it all together. Don't think that we'd miss thanking you for your hard work!

Post by: Jacqueline