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    Life in’s Woods

    Friday, August 9th, 2013
    “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
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    pond life living freshwater blue -personalized wall hanging

    Wise words from a book that has inspired millions. ‘Walden’ was published on this date in 1854. It is a book that looks on life and the way we live it. Thoreau lived at Walden Pond for two years, exploring the concepts of self-resilience, simplicity, and the questionability of progress. He sees man as one with nature, and in fact that nature reflects our human emotions. For anyone that has ever gone for a simple walk in the woods, or taken the time to sit and reflect beside a simple pond, I think you can see where he was coming from.


    enchanted forest cradle

    enchanted forest cradle

    Think about what you do when you step into nature. You slow down. You take more stock of the world around you. Maybe you even breathe a little deeper. More often than not, you are more aware of birds chirping in the trees, the colors of the leaves on the trees, and the fresh smell of the forest that surrounds you.

    As you might be able to guess, appreciates all that Mother Nature has to offer.


    Everywhere you look on our site, you will find images pulled from nature. We’ve got;

    gordonsbury froggy pond towel set

    gordonsbury froggy pond towel set


    Maybe you should take the time to step out into nature yourself this weekend and see what all the fuss is about.

    Do You Have A Towel?

    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

    children’s wall mural – in space

    “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space.” ~ Douglas Adams


    personalized vinyl labels – outer space

    That it is. And while contemplating the vastness of the galaxy from the comfort of a field one night (there may have been some alcohol involved), Douglas Adams came up with the idea for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The original premise of a young man being cast adrift in the galaxy after the Earth has been destroyed to make way for an intergalactic super highway, spawned a highly successful weekly radio show on the BBC. It later made its way to the US, but really got its claim to fame when Adams turned the series into the Hitchhiker’s trilogy (in 5 parts) of books. You have to understand his humor to get it.

    personalized space name plaque


    People from all over the world have read the amusing tales that saw Arthur Dent exploring the many corners of the Universe with various alien folk. Adams sold over 15 million books in his lifetime, as well as receiving several Golden Pan awards (paperback sales of 1 million) and seeing three of his books make it onto the New York Times Bestseller list. He also received the Waterstone’s Books/Channel Four list of the One Hundred Greatest Books of the Century in 1996, making these space exploration books very popular indeed.


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    Sadly, his days of creating hilarious space exploration novels were cut short when Adams died in 2001, of a sudden heart attack at the age of 49. He left behind a legion of followers who very quickly organized a fitting tribute to the author of the Hitchhiker’s trilogy – they organized Towel Day. If you haven’t read the series then you probably don’t understand the significance of a towel, but it is considered one of the most important items for any interstellar hitchhiker. On May 25th, 2001, a mere two weeks after Adams’ death, the first Towel Day was held. Every year since then, fans have been encouraged to carry a towel to commemorate their appreciation of their favorite author.

    This weekend holds May 25th. Do You have your towel?


    Books in the Hitchhikers Trilogy by Douglas Adams;

    • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
    • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
    • Life, the Universe and Everything
    • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
    • Mostly Harmless



    I Have a Dream…

    Monday, January 21st, 2013

    Today is Martin Luther King, Jr day. In honor of this day, is sharing a portion of the momentous speech that he shared with the nation in Washington on August 28, 1963. With the help of this speech, and the work of many other people, we have come a long way with our human rights in the United States. Equality is a basic human right that many people have fought for. Let’s let that fighting be a memory and praise peace today…


    imagine peace

    “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’

    peace around the world wall art

    I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

    I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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    I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. 

    I have a dream today.

    dreams come true vintage sign

    I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

    I have a dream today.” *

    *Martin Luther King, Jr – August 28, 1963


    Isn’t it time we all had a dream of our own? Peace to you all from today and every day

    Preparing Your Home For Winter

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

    ~ “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” ~ Benjamin Franklin

    Brrr, you can certainly feel the nip in the air now! How many of you have turned on your furnaces and pulled out your cool weather hats? Adding sweaters to the wardrobe isn’t the only way to prepare for Fall and the quickly approaching winter weather. Now is the time to prepare your home for cooler weather too. A little bit of prep now, saves a few degrees, and maybe even a few dollars, in the depths of winter. Here are a few suggestions from on how to prepare your home for winter;



    • Insulate windows and doors to keep heat in and drafts out
    • stella gray curtain panels

      Remember to open your curtains during the day and shut them at night to keep your home as warm and comfortable as possible. Curtains help to lessen heat loss at night, as well as warming up your home aesthetically.

    • Have your furnace cleaned and inspected before cold weather arrives to stay. No need to have it die on you during the coldest day of the year!
    • Clean leaves, branches and other debris from eaves troughs and down spouts to ensure proper drainage
    • Dwell Studio Rosette Blossom Rug

      Avoid cold toes on icy floors first thing in the morning by warming up your floors with area rugs. Remember that your baby spends most of their day on or close to the floor and they feel the cold more than adults!

    • Clean and fill your humidifier to ensure your home stays comfortable despite the drying effects of winter air
    • Santa personalized long sleeve tee (youth)

      Inspect and have your chimney cleaned to prevent chimney fires (Plus, you don’t want Santa getting any dirtier than necessary when he comes a’calling!)

    • Complete any exterior painting, before it gets too cold
    • personalized adirondack chair

      Store outdoor furniture and decorations

    • Ensure that any exterior exhaust ducts (dryer, bathroom fans, kitchen range, etc.) are free from obstructions
    • Put in a store of firewood, so that you can enjoy long, lazy evenings in front of the fireplace this winter

    Keep warm this winter!

    Flying High with

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

    “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease”  ~Lisa Alther

    True that, Lisa! Isn’t the job of mothers to multitask through hours, days, weeks and more? While laundry is spinning, dinner is being prepped by Mom, and while the vacuum is being pushed around a child’s room, it is also being redecorated in her mind’s eye. How many times has Mom announced she is going to bed, only to wipe the counter, clean the toilet and take out the garbage on the way? Raise your hand if that is you too Mom! I suspect that an air traffic controller job would be a breeze on any given day. So spin those propellers and hold on tight ladies! Let’s play with a different toy today: airplanes!


    The first airplane out of the hanger is this cute personalized airplane pattern classic short sleeve tee shirt. It will look adorable on your little boy. Designed with red and sea blue airplane print, it is classic and unique. This classic style short sleeve tee shirt works on any child. Made from 100% cotton and easy to care for, this shirt comes in a range of sizes to fit any child (2T-6T). Shirts are available in your choice of several colors: Available in heather gray, white, navy, black, grass green, fuchsia. You also have the choice of tank tops, capsleeve tees, short & long sleeve lap tees, long sleeve tees and baseball tees. All you have to do is choose!


    Flying a little lower on your baby are these fantastic Tiny Toes Airplane And Train Booties By Manhattan Toys. They are absolutely adorable and feature embroidered “sounds” on the back of each bootie. They have lined interiors and easy-on adjustable hook-and-loop closures at the heel. You little aviator will love flying around the house in these airplane (and train) inspired booties.


    Now take to the skies with these soaring machines. This Oopsy Daisy “Sleep Tight Airplanes” nightlight portrays colorful airplanes wishing your little pilot a happy sleep. This nightlight can be easily wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth and is ideal for your child’s room as it does not have a glass surface to break. You can personalize the nightlight with your child’s name or any other word or phrase like “Good Night”. This nightlight is designed by Jill McDonald, whose biography is included with each unit.


    Don’t get lost in the clouds too much though. Make sure that you keep one eye on your gauges with the help of this airplane instrument panel artwork. The “Air Traffic Control” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Aaron Christensen is a contradicting masterpiece with an abstract and modern feel while using a clean, sleek style. This top quality canvas reproduction is made using the Giclee printing process and has the look and feel of an original painting. Each piece is stretched over wood bars, glass-free, and comes ready to hang! No framing is required. This is the ideal surface for kids’ rooms as there is no glass to break! Artwork is finished on all sides and comes with a wire hanger for wall mounting. It can easily be wiped clean with a soft, dry cloth. Makes a great gift idea. Designed by artist Aaron Christensen and it comes with his biography attached to the back.


    How are you feeling now Mom? Ready for another flight or would you rather play passenger on the next flight? Here’s hoping you have blue skies to soar off into this afternoon!

    Encouraging Tolerance

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    I just read that today is the International Day of Tolerance. According to the UN’s website, they are promoting

    “Heads of State and Government to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.”

    That is a worthy cause that we all should heed. It always saddens me how so many people around the world cannot get along, especially on the heels of Veterans Day. Perhaps if we all tried to personally work a little harder on our own tolerance, conflict around the world could be eliminated. It is a worthy dream. Therefore, is going to do its part today to encourage tolerance, in regards to the UN’s suggestions to counteract intolerance.

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    Fighting intolerance requires law:

    We need rules and regulations to prevent hate crimes, discrimination and basic human rights. That requires police to enforce these laws, as well as courts, human rights commissioners and other arms of the law to prevent people from taken the law into their own hands and meting out their own brand of justice at the stake of others.


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    Fighting intolerance requires education:

    Schools play a huge role in teaching people about the people, places and cultures of the world. Within the confines of the school setting, ignorance is banished. Children are taught tolerance for all, regardless of race, religion or culture, while encouraged to work together to get along for the benefit of all.


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    Fighting intolerance requires access to information:

    With ignorance, comes intolerance. When people are not sure about what other cultures or races are about, they form their own opinions, that are often laced with fear, anger and even violence. An excellent way to counteract that is by teaching people about the world around them. If information is available to enlighten people about things that they are uncertain about, like other races or cultures, that fear is extinguished. So head out to your local library and open a book, to open your eyes a little further.


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    Fighting intolerance requires individual awareness:

    There can be any manner of groups, schools and organizations out there trying to promote tolerance and understanding, but ultimately stamping out intolerance starts with YOU! We need to look inside ourselves and inspect our stereotypes to see where they come from and how they can be erased. Bigotry, racial jokes, segregation and more live inside of too many people still. If you can personally let those negative thoughts and emotions disappear, then you CAN change the world. Tolerance starts with you today.


    Fighting intolerance requires local solutions:

    As you personally come to a greater state of tolerance, you can then move beyond that to work on eliminating intolerance immediately around you. Maybe you can start your own group at school, work or in your local community. Perhaps you could start a grass-roots organization right in your own neighborhood to promote tolerance of the world’s differences. Change always starts with one person, but has the ability to spark a movement.

  is spreading the word. How are you fighting intolerance today?


    Saluting Heroes on Veterans Day

    Friday, November 11th, 2011


    “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers” ~ José Narosky


    Today is Veterans Day. It is a Federal holiday, where we have the opportunity to pause and reflect on those that have fought for our freedoms. The date reflects when Germany signed the Armistice Treaty, effectively ending the major hostilities of the First World War on November 11th, 1918. More importantly though, on this very special day, we stop to give thanks to all the troops who have fought in any wars or conflicts, or that have served in active duty since that time. Many have risked their lives and too many have died in the fighting, but on days like today, we remember. On Veterans Day, we give thanks.


    “Lord, bid war’s trumpet cease;
    Fold the whole earth in peace.”
    ~Oliver Wendell Holmes



    So today I bid you to recognize all the brave men and women that serve in the name of the United States of America. If you have family or loved ones overseas, think about sending them an e-card in thanks. Reach out to families that have loved ones deployed overseas and let them know that you appreciate all that they do, while you offer them a token of something that you can do in return to help. Perhaps you might even find time to visit a nursing home to offer appreciation to Veterans in person. And very importantly, please talk to your children about Veterans Day and what the sacrifices and dedication means for all Americans. Veterans actions make a difference.

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  salutes all the heroes that serve on Veterans Day. May your efforts not be in vain.


    What is a Sweater?

    Monday, November 7th, 2011

    Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  ~Ambrose Bierce

    Isn’t that the truth! So much the truth, that I just have to share some sweaters with you today! Just because the gray skies are giving me a chill. I fear that winter isn’t far off, despite having that extra hour of sunshine in the morning. Brrr…


    The newest addition to our line of personalized sports sweaters is our Hockey style pullover. Custom knit in your choice of colors for each customer with the hockey motif on the front and the name and number of the child on the back. These 100% cotton, super warm sweaters come in sizes 6 months to 12 years. Perfect for all the boys in your family!


    How about something to keep baby’s head warm, as well as their upper body? This soft cotton hooded cardigan is a must for any wardrobe. This lightweight cardigan is the perfect weight for Spring and Summer, as well as with layers in the Fall and Winter months. It is made from 100% cotton yarn and comes in a wide variety of colors. Which makes it the perfect choice for children aged newborn to 12 years.


    Every wardrobe needs a cardigan, including your little girl! Bella Bliss’ angora ruffled cardigan is the perfect piece for this season. The soft ruffled design will dress up chinos, jeans and cords and works beautifully with a dress too. It is made from a soft angora blend that is hard to resist. It is available in peri blue, chocolate, camel and mango and comes in sizes 6 – 14 years. Pretty and perfect to keep your little girl warm as toast this Fall and Winter.


    And why not keep their hands warm, as well as their tummies and heads with this monogrammed hooded sweater with pocket. This knit hoodie is 100% soft cotton and a perfect choice for cool Fall days when you want to be warm and cozy. This hoodie sweater makes a wonderful baby gift or toddler gift. Made from soft 100% cotton and available in 13 different color, designed in a combination you like. Each sweater features your choice of name or three letter monogram. Excellent quality and workmanship that both you and your child will appreciate on chilly days.

    Time to Put Your Feet Up

    Monday, October 3rd, 2011

    Happy Monday from!

    What a busy weekend. Phew, don’t weekends just seem to fly by? There is always the hustle and bustle of grocery shopping, children’s activities, cleaning the house and hopefully a little down time thrown in somewhere for good measure. Oh wait! Did you schedule in any fun? Hmm… How about time to put your feet up for five minutes? No?!

    Ok, before the week gets any older, we need to show you some of our newest items to help you relax at the end this week. So why not take ten now and envision a calmer, more relaxed you in the future. You deserve it!


    “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Mohandas K. Gandhi


    Picture yourself in this luxurious Little Castle Adult Chateau glider. It provides great comfort and style in any room. Featuring a straight top line and back, full rounded arms, a straight tailored skirt, removable cushions and a unique parallel rocking motion similar to a porch glider. Matching accent pillows and arm covers are available. It can be covered in any fabric. This adult chair is offering many color and fabric options to find the perfect match for your decor.


    “Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”  ~John De Paola

    In fact, why don’t you just slip the shoes off your aching tootsies and flip up the base of this recliner. The Little Castle Adult Mod Recliner completes your nursery with its comfort and style. This recliner combines smooth effortless rocking and swivel motion together in one chair. Impeccable construction makes this chair a stand-out. The chair features taller backs to support the head and neck during those late-night feedings as well as higher arm rests designed to support the arm while nursing. This Recliner is offering many color and fabric options to find the perfect match for your decor.


    “It has been left to our generation to discover that you can move heaven and earth to save five minutes and then not have the faintest idea what to do with them when you have saved them.”  ~C.E.M. Joad

    Our busy lifestyles filter down to the younger members of the family as well, so why not think about a comfy chair for your kids that is all their own. The Little Castle Rage Kids Chair with its unique design makes it favorite. Tots love reading and relaxing on this, their very own chair. This comfy kid’s chair is available in a variety of fabrics. Matching pillows, footstool and arm covers are sold as options. This Chair is offering many color and fabric options to find the perfect match for your decor.


    “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”  ~Etty Hillesum

    Too true. So while you are breathing and resting at the end of the day, why not think about cuddling up together on this Little Castle Adult Chair and a Half? It will add a comfortable and stylish seating option to your child’s room. This beautiful chair and a half glider offers a loose cushion and a pillow back. The back pillow is channeled to keep its comfort and shape through out the years. The Little Castle Adult Chair & a Half has a comfortable elegant look. This adult chair is offering many color and fabric options to find the perfect match for your decor.

    Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

    Monday, September 26th, 2011

    The arrival of Fall has in mind of apples. Americans have had a love affair with apples since the days when Johnny Appleseed wandered the US planting his apple seeds hither and yon. In fact, today is John Chapman’s birthday, aka Johnny Appleseed (Sep 26, 1774 – Mar 18, 1845)! Yes, Johnny Appleseed was more than just a folk figure. He planted apple nurseries across Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. All those apples have probably helped to create some of the many apple-related quotes that appear in our regular lexicon of catch phrases and quotes too. So today, we celebrate Johnny Appleseed with a look at one of his favorite things – apples!


    “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

    These personalized address labels “Apples to Apples” add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday cards or party invitation envelopes, thank you notes or personalized stationery. The labels can be personalized as shown, or you can be creative and come up with your own wording! In addition to that you can choose from several font styles. The font shown here is Garden Party.


    “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
    Martin Luther

    These personalized Memo Sets “Apple of my Eye” come with 200 loose sheets tied in a grosgrain ribbon in a reusable acrylic holder. Choose from several font styles. Personalize these 2 lines of text at the top and up to 1 line of text at the bottom of the note sheets. Consider these whimsical notes as a gift for teachers, friends, coaches and kids!


    “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.”

    This handpainted ornament for that special teacher in your life is a perfect gift for all ages. Each tile is finished at the top with a coordinating ribbon for hanging. Personalized with your teacher name and year and greeting, each ornament is heat sealed using original artwork. Makes a wonderful keepsake.


    “As American as Apple Pie”

    The “Apples and Inchworms” wall art from Oopsy Daisy by Gale Kaseguma is colorful with soft hues that every child will love. 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, Jenny Kostecki with biography attached to the back.



    All this talk of apples has us hungry! So with apple pie on the brain, we leave you with a recipe today. Anyone want a piece of Apple Pie?


    3 C flour
    3/4 tsp . baking powder
    1C butter-flavored shortening
    5-7 T cold milk
    1 1/2 tsp salt
    2 T brown sugar
    1 T vegetable oil
    1 egg white for garnish
    -Sift dry ingredients together twice. Cut in shortening. Sprinkle in oil then milk one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition with a pastry fork. Combine to form a ball of dough and divide it to make a top and a bottom crust.

    1 C sugar
    3/8 tsp cinnamon
    4 Golden Delicious
    6 Cortland Apples
    1/4 C orange juice (to prevent discoloration)
    2 T butter
    4 T cornstarch
    1/4 tsp. nutmeg


    Sift dry ingredients. Peel and chop apples into pieces. Splash them with orange juice and mix to prevent discoloration while chopping. Combine dry mixture with apples and turn into pastry lines pan. Pack in firmly. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal edges and make holes for steam to escape. Garnish as desired (may use egg white to make shine). Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Cover with foil to prevent discoloration after 20-30 minutes of baking as needed.

    * Recipe from Connecticut Apple Board
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