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    Happy New Year!

    Saturday, December 31st, 2011

    The countdown to 2012 is just hours away now. Soon 2011 will be but a memory. How are you celebrating the changing of the calendar year? Does anyone have any fabulous parties planned? Will you be welcoming in the new year with a few thousand of your closest friends in downtown celebrations? Perhaps you will have a quiet evening at home toasting the new year with your children at an early hour, before retiring to bed to hasten the new year quicker? Whatever you are planning, hopes that you are with those closest to you and that the new year brings you good fortune.



    If you are celebrating at home with the kids and want to bring the fireworks closer to home, check out this cool rock it chalkboard wall poster. It might not be fireworks, but you will certainly see stars! Launch yourself into an orbit of wall art coolness with chalkboard stars, planets, and a groovy rocket space ship! Decorate nursery or kid’s room with these fun shapes. Place photos of your kids in the ship, draw a picture, leave a note, or play a game with these awesome wall graphics. Each kit includes one chalkboard rocket with fire (4’5″ tall), 20 stars ranging from 3-6″, 32 planets ranging from 2-7″& 9 comets ranging from 5-10″. Chalk is included. Chalkboard pieces are ease to use, peel-and-stick wall art that can be rearranged or removed and used again without leaving any marks on the walls. Makes a great shower gift or birthday gift!


    If you want to keep the fire burning bright after the kids go to bed, why not light a few candles to welcome in the new year over champagne bubblies with your special someone. Filled with bright fruity notes of fresh limes and mandarins complimented by hints of peppery basil and aromatic white thyme. Stella & Dot candles are lovingly made in the USA using an exclusive blend of fragrances and oils. Each candle is hand poured using a soy wax base and a lead-free wick that will fill your home with a long lasting and luxurious scent that is pure and aromatic.


    Whether you are at home or out and about, make sure you grab a few snapshots of the last moments of the old year and a few memories of the new year coming in. They will be set off perfectly in this lovely frame. This charming hand painted picture frame is also perfect for engagements and anniversary photos. The frame is a solid color with the words “today, tomorrow, always” and a coordinating ribbon on the sides. Celebrate and remember with this wonderful frame. Makes a great gift.

    So from the gang at, we hope your new year’s comes in with a bang and keeps shining all year through! Happy New Year!!!



    New Year’s Gala Planning

    Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

    Holy moly! Christmas is gone and the new year is upon us. The tree might be bare and the menorah dark until next year, but there are still celebrations to be had. In a few short days, we will be wishing goodbye to 2011 and welcoming 2012 into the fold. For some that means gathering with friends and potential friends-to-be at local celebrations like Times Square. For others, it might be mid-day celebrations with young children at local parks or museums and to bed at a reasonable hour for all. But there are others of you who plan to whoop it up til midnight and beyond with friends, family or neighbors in the comfort of your own home.

    If you fall into the last category, do you have your bar stocked and champagne flutes shining? Have you started making nibblies for your midnight snack bar? Do you have noise makers, confetti and silly hats at the ready?


    How about we start with the bar. It is almost a given that you will have some guests that stick to beer or coolers. In that case, you might want to have this fabulous acrylic party bucket by Preppy Cards. It is a must for any gathering! It comfortably holds a 6-pack of your favorite beer or soda, with room to add a few bottles of wine and Seltzers. Crafted from vinylized, waterproof material with an additional laminate coating for extra durability, everyone will comment on it as they pull their beverage from it.

    And with all those drinks around, you might want to invest in some coasters to protect the furniture. These personalized letterpress drink coasters are perfect for entertaining and make a great hostess gift. These coasters are our new favorite go to gift ! Order 100 for $96, one color letterpress. Choose any monogram or motif you want! We love them and so will ANYONE you give them to!


    Now about those munchies. You can never go wrong with a bowl of chips or cheesies and it is New Year’s so grab a few bags.  What better serving dish than plates and bowls by Clairebella. Tempt yourself with these melamine Plates and Bowls that can be easily customized as per your choice, designed by Clairebella. These can be sold separately or even as a set. There are different patterns, colors, fonts and names that you can be imbibed on them. However, note that maximum limit of characters for name (including space) can be 14 in case of plates and 8 for bowls.


    If you want to go beyond chips, then why not create some appetizers that wow and serve them on this beautiful dabney lee cupcake stand. Whether it is decadent puff pastries or exquisite canapes, Dabney Lee’s cupcake stand is perfect for showing them off! The cupcake stand measures at 12 inches around and 8.5 inches tall. You can order it with or without a monogram.

    Simply choose your favorite style swatch and monogram+color and we’ll take care of the rest. Please be sure to enter your personalization as you want it printed and be as specific as you can. Just follow these simple instructions and your desk will be dressed to impress.


    Happy Boxing Day

    Monday, December 26th, 2011

    Happy Boxing Day to all our Canadian friends today. We thought we would help you celebrate, by sharing some of our boxes with you today. Not sure exactly what all you do with them, but who are we to question another country’s traditions. Let’s get boxing!


    Here we have an example of one of the many toy boxes that we have available.  The Jacqueline’s Garden hand painted toy box by Sweet Beginnings is a beautiful and practical accessory for your room. The toy box features pretty hand painted butterflies and is designed to function as a spacious toy chest and bench seat. The elegant and beautifully detailed box can store all of your child’s toys as well as extra pillows, blankets or comforters in any room. Available in many base colors, we recommend using a light shade to enhance the design. The piece is shown above with monogram (additional cost). Finely crafted, there is a space between the base of the chest and the lid to prevent a child’s fingers from becoming caught. The toy box is a great addition to any room!


    How about a smaller box, like our personalized ceramic boxes. This is a delightful gift for a baby. Hand painted with your choice of pink or green stripes around perimeter, and “Favorite Little Things” or “Treasures” script. Personalized with the child’s name, this is a wonderful keepsake for years to come.


    Of course there is always the lunch box. Note: this is just one example of the many that we have available. Your little ones are going to love this colorsplash lunch box! This colorsplash will make lunch time fun!.These fabulous lunchboxes are perfect for storing toys, crafts or snacks in your home, car, class or for play dates. Personalize it with the child’s name!


    Or perhaps you would like the practical box shown here – the tissue box. The sail boat tissue box in blue is great for any room in the home (bedroom, nursery, bathroom or kitchen). The box features a red, white and blue boat and bold 1″ stripes on the side. This tissue box is a great accent and a decorative way to store a useful item. Make yours special by adding a monogram or name. A perfect gift all year round.


    So let us know if we can help you out! Heck, we like boxes too, as you can tell by our name Yup, we think it has a nice ring to it. Happy Boxing Day!


    Merry Christmas!

    Sunday, December 25th, 2011



    christmas tree personalized long sleeve tee (toddler)

    Twas The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas

    Friday, December 23rd, 2011

    pretty in pink pedal car

    Twas the night before, the night before Christmas and all through the malls
    There were more creatures stirring than I had seen all Fall
    Jostling for parking and juggling for space
    I’m so glad I shopped online and avoided this race!



    matouk luxury cairo robe

    So Papa in his new matouk luxury cairo robe
    snuggled in to read to the kids beside the snow globe
    While I finished Christmas baking and wrapping
    then took off my apron and gave it a fling!



    gordonsbury monkey business snuggle sack

    I was done! No more presents. No more prep work to do!
    After 50,000 straight hours the bustle was through!
    All that was left to get done
    was to snuggle tight and have fun!



    blue dream hand painted wooden letters

    So with a long sigh and sharp clink of ice
    I turned off the laptop & other devices.
    I survived another holiday season it would seem
    So tonight I would sleep soundly, with maybe a sugarplum dream.


    Merry Christmas from all of us at May your holidays be merry and bright!


    Getting Ready for Guests

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

    Hours are ticking by and shopping time is fleeting. If you aren’t done your Christmas shopping you better hurry, because you know what else you have to worry about – cleaning! And organizing the house for guests (if they haven’t arrived already). Do you have fresh linens? Have you ironed the good tablecloth? Did you ever replace the chipped platter from Thanksgiving? Time to hustle folks! Let’s get at er!


    First things first, let’s replace that platter. Celebrate a family Christmas with your own personalized Christmas Platter. Also makes a great gift for bringing someone this holiday. This memorable keepsake Christmas Platter will make Christmas fun. Platter is 13.5″ in diameter with hand-painted green stripes radiating around the rim. In the center is as whimsical illustration of a Christmas Tree with a big yellow star. Add any text you wish to make this platter one of a kind, to be treasured year after year. Such a sweet and personal gift for a new family! Hand washing is recommended. Use in microwave is for warming only.

    If Hanukkah is the celebration around your family table, we have  Hanukkah platters and plates too!


    That will do for ham, but how about something to something to eat it with? If its baby’s first holiday season, then celebrate with style with this very special majestic curve heavy sterling silver baby feeding spoon. This sterling silver personalized majestic baby feeding spoon is perfect for you prince or princess! Let them know their destiny with this special personalized keepsake. Made out of   .925 sterling silver and measuring 5″, it is perfect for your little one. Beautiful and unique, just like your baby. Makes for a wonderful gift as well.


    After that turkey starts to kick in there will be some sleepy people about, so make sure your guest bed is ready with some fresh sheets. Your guests will be in their glory when they lie down on your new hypodown bed boxed down mattress enhancer hypodown 700 by ogallala. This hypodown 700 down bed mattress enhancer by Ogallala is sure to reduce tossing and turning and add to a good nights rest. Simply putting one of these boxed down enhancers with your mattress will mean better sleep and happier mornings. The mattress enhancers conform to your body, so your muscles relax, your circulation improves, you toss and turn less. This luxury mattress enhancer is made with Ogallala’s Hypodown® 700 fill so you truly can be surrounded in comfort. It is sewn in a baffled box design in a 300 thread count. You will be amazed at how refreshing one night on our Hypodown beds makes you feel.


    And don’t forget to put out towels for the next morning as well. This soap and towel guest towel gift set is an ideal gift for just about anyone. Each Vermont made round guest bar is a 3 ounces, vegetable based and triple-milled for long lasting lather. Our bars are individually addressed & intricately carved.

    Our carving style, beyond engraving, is uniquely definitive with each bar elegantly presented. Each linen-like disposable guest towel is embossed to your desire; a timeless finish!

    But best of all, refresh, rejuvenate, and spoil with only the finest personalized soap deserving of your discerning taste. Our Designer Collection is a gorgeous blend of today’s most intriguing and sought after colors & fragrances all in one! A complete sensory experience with Verbena: A bright Snowflake White is known for its uplifting, relaxing and even soothing qualities; & Honey Almond: A Warm Beige is known for its balancing and relaxing. ***Limited Edition*** When they’re gone…they’re gone :-) Arrives in an elegant gift box.


    I just hope that your guests don’t decide to stay for an extended visit with all that pampering! Happy Holidays from

    Hannukah Cheer

    Monday, December 19th, 2011

    I know that at this time of year we are inundated by images of Santa, reindeers and little baby Jesus sleeping away in a manger, but today I want to remember some of the other celebrations that go on this time of year – namely Hanukkah. Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights for Jews around the world and it begins at sundown on December 20th this year. It is an 8-day celebration based on the miracle of the menorah. The history behind it, is that the Jews won in battle over the Seleucids in the 2nd century BCE. They reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, but only had enough oil to light the lamp for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days; long enough to replenish the stores of olive oil for the menorah. This miracle was noted and has never been forgotten.


    Today, the menorah is lit every day over the eight days of Hanukkah to recognize this sign from G-d. lights a candle too with our personalized hanukkah pattern classic short sleeve tee shirt. Who says the holidays have to be somber?  Have a little fun with this shirt that will look adorable on your kid. Designed with turquoise and gray hanukkah print, it is classic and unique. This classic style short sleeve tee shirt works on any child and comes in sizes 2T, 4T and 6T or youth sizes 8-12. In fact, you can get this pattern in a short or long-sleeve lap tee, long-sleeve tee, capsleeve tee, baseball tee or even tank top. It is made from 100% cotton and easy to care for.


    By its very nature, Hanukkah certainly wouldn’t be the same without people. So send some Hannukah cheer for friends and family with this card. It features a fashionista girl wearing her little black dress sitting on top of a pile of presents and holding a dreidel. Happy Hanukkah is written on the top of the card.

    Just to let you know, the cards are blank inside. Please contact our design studio if you would like this design personalized with a greeting inside,

    This stylish card measures 5″ x 7″ and is printed on luxurious warm white card stock (recycled). Warm white envelopes are included. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other organizations promoting breast cancer awareness.


    Along with the menorah and the people, the celebrations always center around food. Latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiots (doughnuts) are made and need to be served. What better way to present them, than on this beautiful handpainted Hanukkah plate. It is a pretty way to enjoy this special holiday. You and your child can celebrating traditions with this fun plate. The plate design features a girl holding a tray of potato latkes sits in the center surrounded by dreidels. The outside of the plate is decorated with your baby’s name, dreidels and “potato latkes.” Plates measure approximately 8 1/4″ and are made from imported Italian bisqueware which is dishwasher and microwave safe. This makes a great gift.


    If you would like your child to learn more about their Jewish heritage, what better way than with their very own personalized personalized hanukkah book and plus bear gift set. In this beautifully illustrated story in which your child celebrates the eight days of Hanukkah, the child lights the Menorah, plays with a Dreidel, enjoys chocolate Gelt and Latkes, and on day eight receives the gift of a cuddly bear. The child’s name is incorporated on the book cover and throughout the story, and the child’s family members are included on an illustration of gift tags on presents around the menorah.

    As an added touch, the story features a personalized letter from the gift-giver telling the child what a special lifelong friend he or she will be for the bear. Written by Jennifer Dewing, illustrated by award-winning Wilson Ong.


    So from to all our Jewish friends, we wish you a very Happy Hanukkah!

    The Boston Tea Party

    Friday, December 16th, 2011

    In Boston, Massachusetts on Dec 16, 1773 there was a tea party to end all tea parties. Not content to put a few leaves or even a bag or two into a pot, the good people of Boston got a little wild and crazy and threw all the tea that had just been delivered into the harbor. To be honest, the folks at would rather have ours served in nice fine china, but heck what do we know, I guess. In Boston they know how to throw a tea party! Of course it kind of helped along the American Revolutionary War that broke out in 1775, but I guess it goes to show that those folks from Boston are not to be messed with. So we tip our hat to Boston today and all the brave souls that fought for their rights over a nice cup of tea. Tip, tip and cheerio to you!


    Not to knock the citizens of Boston, but we think that these young ladies hold a much more refined party. This “Tea Party” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Mari Takabayashi depicts tea-time parties in a fun and exciting way. A must for the wall in your little girl’s room. This top quality canvas reproduction is stretched over wood bars with no glass to break. This piece is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. It is equipped with a wire hanger on the back for easy wall displaying so no framing is required. It can be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. Makes a wonderful addition to any child’s room, playroom or even beach house. Designed by artist, Mari Takabayashi with biography attached to the back.


    If your little girl wants to hold a party of her own, make her dreams come true with this sweet tea set. The Poodle Party Garden Tea Set is an enamelware Tea Set your toddler will enjoy for years. The Poodle Party Tea Set is a fun way for your pink princess to pretend its time for high tea! The enamelware set include a teapot, 3 cups and 3 saucers. They are even large enough to really hold liquid.


    Does the tea party spill over into every aspect of your daughter’s world? Watch out for her pouring the tea into the wading pool in the backyard!. Perhaps these are the perfect answer for the little girl who has a tea party every day. These personalized vinyl labels “Tea Party” are a convenient way to identify your child’s belongings. These waterproof labels are perfect for baby bottles, sippy cups and lunch bags plus much more! The labels are easy to apply and dishwasher safe. These are available in 2 sizes – square and small vinyl label. Choose from several font styles (Shown here is Ronita font). Personalize these with your child’s name or be creative and use a favorite quote or saying.


    And if your little one just can’t let the party go, well send her to school and let the party carry on. Your little ones are going to love this tea party lunch box! This tea party will make lunch time fun!.These fabulous lunchboxes are perfect for storing toys, crafts or snacks in your home, car, class or for play dates. Personalize it with the child’s name!

    These lunchboxes are made of 0.30 millimeter lead free tin and covered with high-tack adhesive on all sides. As an added bonus all lunchboxes comes with a chalkboard on inside lid. This is perfect for drawing or leaving a note for your child. How sweet is that?


    Dear Santa

    Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

    Dear Santa

    wooden hanging letter - "i";

    I have been very good this year. I tried not to fight with my big sister and almost never poked my baby brother to see if he would cry. And I would never dream of taking Daddy’s shoes and using them as a home for my pet rocks. Honest, I wouldn’t! You know, right!


    personalized full blanket with stars and initial

    I admit that its sometimes hard not to splash in the puddles. And I might have got grass stains on the knees of my pants once or twice. Oh, and I know that you can see me when I’m sleeping and know when I’m awake, so don’t tell Mommy that at nap time I sometimes try to stay awake by making forts with my Favorite blankie. Thanks!


    peace for all wall art by donna ingemanson


    So I know I should ask for world peace, an end to war and new underwear. Grandma said something like that. I guess all those things would be great. Maybe if you could bring an extra meal to those in need, I know they’d certainly appreciate it too! Just suggesting.


    pedal race car - black

    But Santa, I just have one question. I was wondering if you think I’d been naughty or nice? And maybe if you could forget some of my worser moments, you might still drop some treats into my stocking Christmas night? If  you can see that my heart is just golden, then maybe if I get one thing more? Cus, I’d really love a new race car! And if you bring me one, I promise not to chase the cat!!!

    Thank you!!




    Trim the Tree with These!

    Monday, December 12th, 2011

    How many Christmas trees did you count this weekend strapped to the roof of vehicles? One, two, twelve? I bet it was more. With two weeks left til Christmas, if the trees aren’t up yet, they are going up quick! In case you are in need of a few more ornaments, wanted to show you just a few more of our personalized Christmas ornaments that we carry. They also make great Christmas presents!


    This personalized Santa’s sled ornament is perfect for a child of any age. They will smile with delight when they see this ornament hanging on the tree bearing their name giving them a gentle reminder of the gifts to come. Each ornament is personalized with child’s first name on the front and on the reverse is the year of choice.



    Celebrate a baby’s first Christmas will this hand painted gift box ornament or gingerbread baby design. Custom made to order for baby girl or boy. Add a child’s name and year for a treasured keepsake.




    The First Christmas Angel ornament will thrill your little one. Sweet and charming, this adorable frame adorned with angel icon is perfect for any tree. The ornament can also be personalized with monogram, name or date. A wonderful way to celebrate the holidays.




    This beautiful handpainted Christmas ornament will light up your tree and be a wonderful addition to your holiday decorations. Handpainted on a featuring a cheerful penguin wearing a cozy blue scarf and green hat; each tile is finished at the top with a coordinating ribbon for hanging. Personalized with your child’s first name and year, each ornament is heat sealed using original artwork. Makes a wonderful keepsake.


    Express the sheer love and gratitude towards your grandma that you have in your heart for her, with this Special Grandmother Ornament. The 3” glossy white ceramic tile presents a brilliant canvas for Jamie’s whimsical artwork on the front as well as on the back. Additionally, you can personalize it with embellishing your grand mother’s as well as your name on it to make it a cherished gift for the lifetime memory.

    And don’t worry, as we have one for Grandpa too! Plus many more, so please take a look at our whole line of Christmas ornaments and order one today before its too late! Ho, ho, ho!

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