Posts Tagged ‘gift giving’

Making a List…

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

A Must-Read!

and checking it twice?  Perhaps a visit to one of our favorites blogs, The Enchanted Home, is in order!  Tina has collected great gift ideas from other bloggers (including yours truly!) and there’s sure to be something for everyone.  Click here to read more!

Photo via The Enchanted Home

Fabulous Find: Anali

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Do you have a place in your home where you keep little gifts on hand just in case you need one?  We have a closet at home and every spring, we stock it with pretty hostess gifts that will certainly come in handy over the summer season.

Anali Exquisite Needlework

Anali Exquisite Needlework

One of our favorite “must haves” when we entertain is hand towels – and not the ones the kids use when drying the puppies’ muddy feet, mind you!  The towels we use are exquisitely embroidered with beautiful blossoms and come in all the colors of the rainbow.

Lovely Linen Guest Towels

Lovely Linen Guest Towels

Made in Redmond Washington by Anali (a mother/daughter business like ours!) these linens guest towels are truly works of art.  A design begins as a hand-drawn rendering created with a kaleidoscope of colored pencils and watercolors to accentuate detail and shadings.  The drawing is then scanned into a computer and a special embroidery software program is used to plan each stitch and color change to bring the design to life.

Festive Gerbera Towels

Festive Gerbera Towels

Blossoms for the Bath

Blossoms for the Bath

Sensational Salsa

Sensational Salsa

Like in nature, perfection can’t be rushed so each order can take three to four weeks to produce but the result is well worth the wait!  And for those of you who would love to add a little botanical beauty to your home, Anali guest towels will be available on Diane James Home next week…

Beautiful Belize Pillow

Beautiful Belize Pillow

Photos via Anali

Let’s Go Shopping: On Blogs!

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The best way to procrastinate when it comes to holiday decorating is not only to sit at the computer and read all of our favorite blogs… but to shop on them as well!  Since we still have a couple of gifts to pick up (or order online), we thought we’d introduce you to some of our favorite bloggers turned shop keepers.

All Wrapped Up and Ready To Give!

All Wrapped Up and Ready To Give!

For a pop of color: Zhush

Need Some Color in Your Life?

Need Some Color in Your Life?

For style from “down under”: Ada and Darcy

Down Under Delights

Down Under Delights

For “traditional-with-a-twist”: Katie Armour Home

Mad About Neo-Trad

Mad About Neo-Trad

For an artful life: PVE

Wonderful Watercolors

Wonderful Watercolors

And for those of you who still need some gift-giving ideas, we love Kelly Market and her stylish picks!

Great Gifts for All

Great Gifts for All

Off to procrastinate shop some more!  Are you done shopping?

Photos from Country Livingzhush, Ada and Darcy, The Neo-Traditionalist, PVE and Kelly Market

Let’s Go Shopping: Olive & Cocoa

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Olive & Cocoa's Online Home Page

Olive & Cocoa's Online Home Page

We get a deluge of catalogs (perhaps because we shop so much?) so it’s rare to come across one that stands out from the crowd and really catches our attention.  But Olive & Cocoa did just that last month when we received Bella Madre 2010.

Jemma Blooms Apron

Jemma Blooms Apron

Paris Sticky Notes

Paris Sticky Notes

Olive & Cocoa is the brainchild of a husband and wife team of direct marketing professionals, Greg and Lisa Berglund.  Using their extensive experience with companies like Frontgate, Disney and Ballard, this dynamic duo has created a unique source for those looking for that special, thoughtful gift.

Eloise Bouquet

Eloise Bouquet

Archipelago Pomegranate Spa Set

Archipelago Pomegranate Spa Set

From gourmet food crates, to inspired decor, whimsical fashion accessories and dare we say, real floral arrangements (gasp!), each Olive & Cocoa gift comes gracefully packaged inside a handcrafted wood box and dressed with an elegant satin ribbon.

And the best part - the gift wrap is free!

Green Pearl Jasmine Candle

Green Pearl Jasmine Candle

After spending some time poring over the beautifully edited Mother’s Day collection, we told our husbands that we would welcome any present from this delightful company…

Guess who got lucky last weekend?

A Sweet Mother's Day Gift

A Sweet Mother's Day Gift

So the next time we need to say Happy Birthday, Thank You or I Love You, we know where we’ll go shopping – Olive & Cocoa, of course!

Photos from Olive & Cocoa