Friday, December 10, 2010
Engraved Jewelry: Orders are placed each Saturday and are here by the following Friday. Items can be rushed for a $6.50 fee, which means the order will be placed same day, and here within three to four business days, depending on what time of day the order goes in.
Personalized Stationery, Holiday Cards, etc.: Current lead time is 5-7 business days, plus three days for shipping. If you require a proof, add an additional three business days.
Personalized Stamps: Three weeks.
Vera Bradley: We're still placing orders every Saturday, in the hopes that items will be here within 7 business days, but with backorders, we're not guaranteeing anything by Christmas via this method. However, a $10 rush fee gets the order placed directly with Vera the same day (this is what Vera charges us for this service). Vera checks to see if the item is in stock (if not, you get your $10 back), and the order is here within 48 hour -- it's the best way to guarantee that your item is coming and that it will be here by the holiday.
Embroidery Orders: We're currently scheduling at a week or less (it might not be a lot less, but if we can make it work, we will!).
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
We have customers (and Meme!) who are absolute devotees of the Super Soft Lotion. This ultra-light cream is packed full of natural antioxidants helping to protect delicate skin, leaving it amazingly soft and supple. As with all Noodle & Boo products, it's pediatrician tested formula is mild enough for daily use and can be used on newborns and babies with sensitive skin. Meme actually uses it herself because it sinks in so quickly and leaves her hands feeling non-greasy.
We have other customers who absolutely swear by the Conditioning Hair Polish, which carefully de-tangles and moisturizes hair while leaving it weightless with beautiful shine. Not convinced that it's better than the adult drugstore options? The Conditioning Hair Polish is also an excellent grooming tool for morning "bed-head." What could be better than something that makes the mornings just a little bit easier??
Stop in to catch a whiff or pick up a free sample.
Even better, all Noodle & Boo products are
- toxin-free and non-irritating
- pH balanced for babies
- 100% biodegradable
- paraben-, sulfate- and phthalate-free
- 100% recycled or recyclable packaging
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- Sight: The dark and contrasting spots all over Sophie the Giraffe's body provide visual stimulation and make her easily recognizable to baby. She soon becomes a familiar and reassuring object.
- Hearing: Her squeaker keeps baby smused, stimulates hearing, and helps him to understand the link between cause and effect.
- Taste: Sophie the Giraffe is very flexible and has lots of parts for baby to chew (ears, horns, legs). She is perfect for soothing baby's sore gums when teething and is completely safe. Made of 100% Natural Rubber (BPA, phthalates free) and food paint.
- Touch: Sophie the Giraffe is perfect for baby's small hands. She is very light and her long legs and neck are easy for baby to grip. She is very soft to the touch, just like mom, stimulating soothing physiological and emotional responses.
- Smell: The singular scent of natural rubber (from the Hevea tree) makes Sophie the Giraffe very special and easy for your child to dentify amid all his other toys.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Juliska Cornerstone Love Trays: These little trays are perfect for jewelry on the bedside table, rings next to the sink, or keys by the front door. With a tasteful heart on the front and "Love conquers all" quote on the back, these sweet little trays will make her smile.
Vera Bradley Apron Gift Sets: They're still available! These aprons are not only adorable (with the tiniest, most tasteful ruffle along the top), they're also functional (with two deep side pockets, perfect for stowing a dish towel or menu notes). Aprons come in their own gift box which are sized perfectly to double as a recipe card box. Currently available (in stock) in Night & Day, Simply Violet, Call Me Coral, Sittin' in a Tree, Totally Turq, and Loves Me.
Juliska Tumbler or Bud Vase: With spring already in bloom you can easily pick some lilacs from your backyard and pop them in a Juliska Bud Vase or even a Tumbler (just cut the stems short enough) for a fragrant and lovely bouquet. Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup as the backyard flowers change with the seasons.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
We finally have Waxing Poetic jewelry pieces in stock (a great gift for Mother's Day)! This beautiful keepsake line has been such a hit, we thought some tips and tricks for care would be helpful. As with most jewelry in this price range, slight scratching is considered part of normal wear and tear (just adding to it's rustic patina), and probably shouldn't be worn all the time, every day, forever (it is a keepsake too, afterall). The big takeaways from the list below include not wearing it in the shower or tub and polishing only when necessary.
The glowing refinement of your keepsake collection of Waxing Poetic jewelry can be preserved in their natural lustrous condition by following these simple guidelines.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TREASURES
Waxing Poetic uses the finest formula for Sterling Silver available on the market today. Though it contains anti-tarnishing agents, all fine sterling silver does eventually tarnish with age with the exposure to various elements. We recommend that you do not wear yours in the shower, hot tub, sauna, ocean or swimming pool. The high chlorine and/or bromine contents used in swimming pools and hot tubs will accelerate the tarnishing of Sterling Silver jewelry. Minerals in your water source can also accelerate the tarnishing of Sterling Silver jewelry. And, too, sometimes the chemical makeup and oils of your skin and from lotions may contribute to the tarnishing of Sterling Silver jewelry, so apply makeup and hair spray prior to putting on your jewelry.
All metals are lead and nickel free.
REMOVING BLACK TARNISH FROM STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
There are a number of ways to clean Sterling Silver. We suggest one of the safest, least toxic, gentlest and most environmentally sound methods available for the care of your collection of Waxing Poetic sterling jewelry.
Removing the black tarnish may be safely accomplished by placing a double layer of aluminum foil in the bottom of a dishpan, adding warm water and 2-3 heaping tablespoons of baking soda. Place the tarnished sterling silver item in the dishpan in contact with the aluminum foil; allow to soak for a few minutes and the tarnish will lift off and dissipate into the solution. Rinse the items well and buff with a soft polishing cloth to restore luster.
You may also choose to use a soft polishing cloth or foam polishing square to gently buff away tarnish. This method works well for jewelry with stones. To slow down tarnishing, make sure that you store your silver in a reclosable plastic bag or the provided Waxing Poetic pouch. This also prevents scratches.
Let the radiance, the beauty and the heirloom spirit of your Waxing Poetic sterling silver jewelry endure through the extraordinary stories of generations to come by taking care to clean and store your jewelry properly.
CARING FOR YOUR GOLD PLATED JEWELRY
Our Gold and Rose Gold Plated jewelry is made by covering Sterling Silver with a thin layer of gold. Since the gold layer is so thin and reactive with silver, it will eventually wear away despite your best attempts to preserve it.
Lightly wipe your Gold Plated jewelry with a damp cotton cloth. This will help to eliminate any dirt or dust from accumulating on the surface and wearing away the gold layer. Use a soft non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth and gently rub the piece to restore shine. Do not polish the Gold Plated jewelry often- the more you polish, the more the plate is worn away.
Keep Gold Plated jewelry away from hard surfaces. Bumps and scratches will cause the gold layer to wear away faster. Store your Gold Plated jewelry in our Waxing Poetic pouch or store in a soft material that will prevent scratches.
ANTIQUE BRASS JEWELRY CARE GUIDE
Antique Brass jewelry will tarnish more quickly than sterling silver, but can easily be restored to its original shine.
Simply wash off the Brass jewelry in warm water with a mild liquid soap to loosen dirt. Dry with a soft polishing cloth. For hard to remove tarnish, an easy way to clean your Antique Brass jewelry is to use Ketchup. The acid in ketchup shines brass nicely. Simply apply a small amount with a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly. Brass polish works well also. Completely dry before storing. As with sterling silver, brass jewelry will tarnish slower if stored in a recloseable plastic bag or our Waxing Poetic pouch.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Vera's earth-loving Sittin' in a Tree Color.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Mixture makes for great Easter gifts too. I gave these 2 ounce votives to some friends and was surprised at how easy a little tissue and ribbon could turn them into something so festive.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Stonewall Kitchen (specialty food) - Over 90% of their products are all natural and all are made in the USA.
The Thymes (bath and body). Their distinctive scents are created in their own in-house labs, run entirely by women. Plus, the Thymes are mid-west based, coming straight from Minneapolis, MN.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
They were so easy! In case you don't believe me, I'm going to share with you that I was actually a little tipsy from the wine I had with dinner (and making dinner, and being disappointed by dinner) -- and I still made them without a problem. Amazingly, they came out just like the picture on the front of the box (except I made 4.5 of them instead of 6 -- but mine were BIGGER which is most definitely better). What was the most surprising was how light they were -- I thought they would be dense and heavy and rich with chocolate, almost like a flourless chocolate cake. They are definitely chocolatey, but they were also quite light and heavenly. They were more along the lines of what I always think chocolate souffle should taste like. I split one with my dinner companion, but I totally could have eaten my own. I topped it with a dollop of whipped cream, but a little ice cream on the warm cake would have been really good too.
They also save nicely, so you don't have to eat all six in one sitting. I may have had one for breakfast the next day (and it was excellent with coffee). Meme and I also split one at the shop that afternoon -- we nuked it in the microwave for about 20 seconds, added some whipped cream to the top and it helped us get through that late afternoon lethargy.
Thinking ahead to Valentine's Day, which is on a Sunday this year, this would be a super easy, but special Valentine's Day treat. Any recipe suggestions for something lovely and nutritious and easy to make for dinner?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Juliska's Cornerstone Collection Love Tray
Perfect for earrings, cufflinks, or just as a decorative keepsake.
But what we think is the most emotionally intelligent part is the price: $20.
Great for Valentine's Day.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Here are some tips that we've pulled together for making thank you note writing feel more like an art and less like a homework assignment:
- Write it, don't email it. Don't you get a little jolt of pleasure when you open your mailbox and find that rare, handwritten note inside? Share this little delight with your receipient by mailing your note instead of emailing it.
- Use distincitve paper. Folded notes and stationery that reflect your personality elevate the thank you note writing process to more than just a menial task. Good paper feels good to write on. As one etiquette book states "the quality of your communication takes on the quality of the paper upon which it is written."* Distinctive stationery makes reading your note that much more enjoyable and exceptional for your recipient too.
- Use your favorite pen. We all have one -- a pen that fits nicely in your hand, writes smoothly, and makes your handwriting look lovely (or at least legible!).
- Make it memorable! Use adjectives that sparkle and shine as much as the gift. The goal is to craft something that relays the emotion you felt when you received the item or the joy you get when you use or look at it. Here's an excerpt from one of our personal favorites from an in-town relative: "Do I ever tell you how much I adore the bamboo towels? Scrumptious! And each day, soap opera time, lying under the soft, soft throw blanket -- someday, I may never get up. Come bring me supper!"
- Even if the gift wasn't perfect or even something you'll keep, focus on the act of giving as you write your thank you note. Keep in mind, "the manner of giving is worth more than the gift."**
- Get it done. The sooner you write your thank you notes, the sooner you can truly enjoy the gifts.
Above all, let your personality and gratitude shine through. Remember, "feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."*** Make your thank you note a little bit like a wrapped present in return.
Through Jan 31st, 2010
* Baldridge, Letitia. Letitia Baldridge's New Manners for New Times; A Complete Guide to Etiquette.
**Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur
***William A. Ward