The Easter Bunny is coming to town!
Easter is two short weeks away and the Easter basket needs filling. Replace some of the candy with some of our fun and functional items!
Attract birds and butterflies with a Butterfly and a Bird Habitat Garden from Potting Shed. Each kit contains seeds to scatter in a garden or container and a field notes & projects guide. Each cost $13.50 and will snuggle in nicely next to a stuffed bunny or lamb from Jellycat. These stuffed toys come in four sizes are so incredibly soft you will want one for yourself!
Encourage your kids to stay hydrated with Water Pals collapsible water bags from dci. They hold 12 ounces of water and when empty they flatten, fold, or roll up.
Each bag is shaped like a different animal and would be
a great addition to a lunchbox, to take on a bike ride or a walk in the park.
Emily Green's plastic tableware full of colorful designs would make a nice addition including placemats, plates, bowls and cups.Put some desk accessories from Lilly Pulitzer and JonathanAlder in their Easter basket and your kids will look forward toassorted pencils, refillable journals,sticky note sets and sticker and labels.For the older set there are Iphone cases, earbuds,thumb drives on keyrings and mobile phone chargers.
UNPLUG YOUR KIDS!
Get your kids off the computer and the couch and into science with Toysmith's Award Winning GREEN SCIENCE kits for kids 8 and up!
These kits introduce kids to green concepts
such as repurposing, upcycling
and alternative energy.
Enjoy blasting a rocket powered by green energy,
build a robot out of a soda can or
power a digital clock using potatoes.
Build a water filtration and desalination plant, a wind generator or a weather station all on your table top!
These kits make great birthday gifts and would be a great addition to an Easter basket!
Each kit costs only $14.75
Get Your Decorating Groove On
Have you been putting off doing much needed decorating projects because you are baffled as to what to do or are daunted by the expense? Help has arrived with Home by Novogratz, the latest book by designers Robert and Courtney Novogratz of the HGTV show with the same name. Let them inspire you with their clever ideas for making a space exactly what you want it to be and within your budget!
Whether it is a suburban basement redo, surf shack or a ski condo, the book gives you and inside look at twenty of their favorite projects and includes designs that are family friendly, functional, and totally cool!
How to Prepare a Brie for Baking
The simplest way to prepare it is to score the top rind of the cheese in a star pattern.
Another way often used is to remove the top rind of the cheese entirely; this is the best technique for those who like a bit less rind with their cheese and it allows the toppings to mix into the cheese better.
The third way is a combination: Score the top rind of the cheese in a star pattern. Then cut the Brie in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the cheese in a baker, top with 1/2 the toppings, place the top half of the cheese on top and cover completely with toppings.
Whichever way you choose, it will be delicious. The Brie bakers we carry at the store, pictured above, are always popular gifts - $22.50 each and they come with a box of topping mix. And the toppings we carry - both dry mix and ready to serve - make quick work of preparing the Brie: Cherry Jubilee, Cranberry & Almonds, Maple Walnut, Apple Pecan, Pear & Rosemary, Sweet Onion, Maple Apple and more - yum!
A Child Leaves Your Home......
This is the best card ever to send to a son or daughter off to college. Can anyone read this without tearing up? And laughing at the same time?
Inside: One day I was boosting you onto a school bus and the next you're leaving home. I didn't know it would be this difficult because believe me, there were times I couldn't wait to get you out of the house. But now as you're leaving to begin a new life, I'm recalling a million ordinary moments.....the jokes, the triumphs, the failures, even the fighting.....because HOME is where you are loved, not for what you do or who you are but just because you're there.
Off to College
So many kids are getting used to their new college routines and some questions are bound to come up about how to handle situations they encounter. Plus how to make healthy quick meals that don't break the budget. We have a couple great books for you to mail off to your favorite student:The College Dorm Survival Guide gives expert advice on everything from avoiding the Freshman 15 to decorating a dorm room. $12.95College Cooking has healthy recipes for people with very little equipment, very little experience and very little money. $19.99 Tuck a couple recipe cards with easy family favorites inside and maybe they'll eat a little better.
Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Graduate School! Adam Ruben spent 7 years at Johns Hopkins University getting his PhD in Molecular Biology and turned his experiences into a standup comedy act. the book is hilarious and gives a wecome break to anyone who is overwhelmed and burned out by grad school. The book has gotten great reviews by graduate students and they recommend it to new grad students. $12.00Tomorrow, we'll post about some really funny gifts to send along
Congratulations to the Louie Winners!
The LOUIE Awards are the greeting card and stationery industry's Oscars and Grammys. Card designers and publishers submit the very best of their best work for judging in 53 categories and they are truly little pieces of art and poetry on paper. I've been a judge for the LOUIE's several times, and it is a very difficult job to help pick one winner in each category when so many of the cards are so beautifully done - the kind of cards and sentiments that give you goosebumps or a hearty laugh when you read them.This year we are pleased that some of our favorite publishers won top awards. Crane & Co's beautiful sympathy card won the honorable mention (3rd place) for overall 2011 Card of the Year, Great Arrow Graphics' cards took top honors in three categories, and other categories were won by Museum of Modern Art, Anna Griffin, Compendium, Madison Park and Amy Smyth. Congratulations to everyone who stood out in a large crowd of exceptional work!
Need Gifts for the Class of 2011 Graduates?
Haute Papier is having a Graduation Promotion!Stock up on the perfect gift for all the graduates in your life with the "five for the price of four" special on petite silk stationary boxes.Each Petite Stationary Box includes one beautiful Thai silk box with 35 letterpress note cards and envelopes. (Return address and liners optional).Choose from a variety of monograms, motifs, and ink colors to personalize each stationary set.The original price per box is $90 and with the special promotion each box costs $72.Stop in to place your order before June 13th!
Dabney Lee Moderne on sale!
Here's the first of a series of specials and offers during the month of April: 20% off personalized stationery from the Dabney Lee Moderne album! Dabney Lee Moderne is one of our favorites - a modern mix of notecards, letterpressed or flat-printed on luxurious papers in bright colors and contemporary patterns. I have some with my name on it and always get compliments when I use it for personal notes.Sales runs through April 20th - delivery will be by May 7th in time for Mother's Day and graduation gifts.
Something Special for Your Birthday!
A great way to celebrate birthdays in your house is to have a birthday place mat and apron made by Peking Handicraft for the person of honor for their special day. Starting with breakfast and continuing throughout the day, think of how special the honoree will feel when they get to wear the apron or use the place mat. Not only is this especially true for children but for the child in all of us! They also add a little extra when you need a birthday something to give to a friend or colleague.Both are made of cotton and can be machine washed and dried.The apron costs $22.50 and the place mat just $10.
My Glass Runneth Over With Love
Some places bring back fond memories. Some places are on your list to visit. We are now carrying Cat Studio glasses from 45 states and cities and one would be perfect to fill with Hershey's kisses as a Valentine's Day memory or a surprise to come. Hide tickets to Paris in a Paris glass? That would be one fine gift for your honey!Cat Studio glasses: $12.00 each
We have personalized Valentine's Day cards for the first time ever! 50 cute designs for girls and boys and each order comes with matching stickers.20 cards, 20 stickers - $18.0040, cards, 40 stickers - $32.00Larger quantites availableOrders have to be placed by February 1st for delivery the week before Valentine's Day, so come on over!
Baltimore Magazine Shop Crawl
Baltimore Magazine and the shops at Green Spring Station hosted a VIP Shop Crawl last night. The wine flowed, the strolling musicians had everyone singing along, and there were discounts and specials everywhere!Betsy Rider was at The Pleasure of Your Company offering free on-the-spot personalization of Graphic Image leather journals, passport covers, dated diaries, luggage tags, photo albums and notebooks and it was a hit with our customers. You haven't missed out - we are continuing the free personalization through December 7th with delivery for Christmas.We had a big crowd turn out and this morning the store looked like we'd had a party the night before, but we're putting everything back in place and still have great gifts galore!On our Christmas wish list: that Baltimore Magazine continues to hold the Shop Crawl here at Green Spring Station - it's a great event and becoming a wonderful annual tradition.
The Perfect Finishing Touch
With the stock for Envelopments invitations, we can now order postage in matching Envelopments patterns and artwork. Another company, Lallie, has begun offering postage with artwork for their invitations, too. What a nice finishing touch for invitations! We remember the days when we were still trying to get our suppliers to add matching colors of envelopes - who would have ever thought the postage could match, too?
Posting on Facebook Revisited
Deborah Hefter, one of the partner/owners at Envelopments, emailed me this comment in answer to our earlier post about pictures on Facebook. Hadn't thought about Facebook turning everyone's life into a reality show, but it's so true.
"Andy Warhol once said "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." Little did he know that with the Public Forums of Facebook, Twitter and Video chatting, that anyone can now have their own reality TV shows going 24/7.
It is an interesting dilemma, this mash up of social graces and technology, I would imagine that etiquette books will continue to re-write passages to include all these new mediums. The question is, how do we now control our own preference for what is made public and what is reserved for our families and closest friends. Will future invitations need to include a non-disclosure agreement?"
The Envelopments blog is always good reading - the owners and designers all post and there are many points of view: http://blog.envelopments.com