Monday, November 30, 2009

Gift Guide pick #11 - Girl

Every little girl likes to pretend they are the fairy princess and play dress up. Tutu's weren't a part of my dress up when I was a kid unless I had a ballet recital.  Now they are all the rage for little girls and The Tulle Chest supplies free wings with this Double Poofy Super Prissy Tutu (frog rain boots not included but what an adorable ensemble).
Get this for the princess in your life at

Sunday, November 29, 2009

2nd Annual Cyber Monday BOGO SALE

Welcome to our 2nd annual
Cyber Monday Sale!

From 12am Monday until 7:59am
Buy 1 and get 1 free
on almost all items we sell!

(some exceptions)

From 8am Monday until 11:59pm
Buy 1 and get 1 1/2 off
on almost all items we sell!
(some exceptions)


This is the only store-wide sale we offer - so now's the time to stock up on scented delights from candles, Body Oils and Bath & Body items for all your friends and family.
In addition, we're offering a Doorbuster on the first 5 customers also receives
Free Shipping!

Once the sale is over we will go through orders  and the first five orders the shipping will be refunded!

Terms of Sale

  • Buy 1 get 1 Free or 1/2 off of the same item.  While supplies last.
  • All Candle items are eligible
    • Exceptions are: Gift Sets, packaged discount sets, accessories, reed diffusers and gift certificates.
  • Coupons and any other discounts are not accepted during this sale.
  • Sales valid ONLY from 12am Monday - 11:59pm Monday.
  • All times are EST.
  • Sale will not be held over nor backdated.

Gift Guide pick #10 - Hanukkah

These exquisite Hebrew Home Blessing tiles are handcrafted by an artist in Israel.  A wonderful unique gift for Hanukkah for family or friends.  Available at Alona Lahav Handmade Designs.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gift Guide pick #9 - Young Adult son/daughter

This magnificent Unisex Flat Leather Messenger is a fine gift for the young person going out in the world.  The  well made bag is sleek enough for their brand new job or casual yet refined enough for the scholar.  Unfortunately the bag is made to order and will not be available for Christmas delivery now because such a well made item takes time to craft.  Keep this in your favorites or order it now for your son/daughters birthday or graduation.  Check out other accessories Urban Heirlooms has ready to ship for the holidays.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gift Guide pick # 7 - Dad

You can only give so many ties and colognes to dad before his dresser becomes overrun with the gifts he doesn't use.  The Daddy or Mommy Ring is a nice ring to get your Dad or Grandfather (or even husband).  I like the satin finish for a man but the artist has several finishes including a shiny finish.  I also like the thick band.  Have his kids or grandkids names inscribed diagonally or straight across.  This is definitely a keepsake he will treasure that won't be buried in his dresser and instead worn all the time.
Available at
Note: This artist isn't accepting anymore custom items to be ready in time for Christmas although this doesn't have to be a Christmas gift. She has many other ready to ship items.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Most of the year I'm a cynic but nothing has me looking forward to being with family and believing we will have an awesome time together than Thanksgiving.  My family is extremely small and any family gathering we can have I enjoy it.
  • I am thankful for my family and that they are healthy.
  • I am thankful that I still have a job and a business despite the economy.
  • I am thankful for living in a free country despite its flaws.  
  • I'm thankful for my friends.  
  • I am thankful for indoor plumbing and air freshener.  
  • I am thankful for the feast we will have today.
  • I am thankful for the internet.  
  • I am thankful for the ability to do what I love!

What are you thankful for?  

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gift Guide pick #6 - Dog Lover

Do you have a dog lover in your family or a friend that has more pics of their dog than their children? This is the gift for them. You can purchase one already made in her shop like this West Highland Terrier print or get a portrait of your pooch.
Contact the artist at CecereDesigns.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gift Guide pick #5 - For the Tweeter

When I first saw this necklace it reminded me of Twitter.  I can see this necklace going to a friend, daughter or girlfriend who is twitter crazy.  It is beautifully handcrafted by a fellow Long Islander.  Of course it doesn't have to be for twitter addicts.  The serene dainty charms can be for that special person who loves the outdoors, enjoys birdwatching or if you just like the design of the charm.   Find the Little Birdie Necklace and other fantastic items at

Monday, November 23, 2009

Gift Guide pick #4 - Newborn-Infant

Tell me this isn't adorable!  This is a must have accessory for newborns.  A great gift for new moms who are ready to show off their new bundle of joy during the holidays.
The Simply Cute Beanie w/ changeable Flower exclusively at at UnravelMe

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gift Guide pick # 3 - for Sister/Friend

This wonderfully feminine Powder-puff Pink Neckwarmer is ideal for this season when a trench coat will do but you need something covering your neck on a chilly windy day. The buttons are fab and I love the bulky pink  wool/mohair fiber. You better hurry up and get this one before I do!
Find it at Knot-Cha-Cha

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Gift Guide Pick #2 - coworkers

If you work in an office, even with all the technology nothing is quicker than jotting a note down on a post it and sticking it somewhere so you or whomever will remember. These Post-It Note Holders are a perfect gift for your office mates.  They come in many different designs and are inexpensive enough to get a few.  Find them at CardsandNotes

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gift Guide pick #1 - For everyone

A card is a gift and a gesture that one's friends and family are in your thoughts. Don't forget that handwritten note via snail mail before email and texting was all the rage. Despite what media tells you there are still millions of people who still prefer holiday greetings than e-cards.  I love hanging cards on the fireplace and appreciate the images the artist makes for us like Little toad Designs' cute characters or the graphics LoveLeighDay constructs with your favorite family photo. Stock up now! Available at &

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gift Guide - 30 in 30

I say this every year......where does the time go?  The season of giving is already around the corner and about to run smack into me. I hate malls and busy over priced stores so I will be fulfilling my pledge to buy handmade.
This year I'm sharing yet again some of my favorites from other handmade shops.   Friday I will begin featuring 30 gifts in 30 days.  I will have a suggestion for everyone on your list so check back each day.  Some shops are also offering sales, free shipping or exclusive discounts.  I found so many already I may be posting more than 30!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Moomeez makes me smile

So I got rid of my Barbie collection as soon as puberty hit (then I would just use Ken as a voodoo doll if my crush-of-the-week didn't speak to me in school.

My stuffed animal collection I parted with during early adulthood. I had bought a brand new car on my own working 2 jobs and considered it a badge of an being an adult. Before I could peel the sales sticker off the window I was lining my stuffed animal collection across the back seat window. Do girls still do that? I even think I fastened a couple of bigger stuffed animals in. I bought a stick shift and my animals brought me comfort as I stalled out over 50 times trying to get back home. Looking at them made me smile that there was still a little kid in me.

I no longer have dolls or collect stuffed animals as they were a part of my childhood. As an adult I haven't had a desire to have a doll....until now.

Moomeez pronounced MOO0-MEEZ (the 'moo' part is like a cow's 'moo') makes me smile. Moomeez make me reminisce of childhood and laugh. makes me want to take a break from the rat race and and eat some Starburst. These are fantastic one of a kind (OOAK) yarn doll creations. Tenaya Gremlin is one of my favorites of her collection.  Officially I can have one because they aren't for children (yes I'm justifying and talking myself into getting one). Also, what child could appreciate the skill it takes to crochet all those pieces into an adoring character from the artist "quirky imagination". Mel the owner of Moomeez has been crocheting since she was girl and crafting these dolls for eight years.

We asked what inspires this artist and her work
"A lot of things inspire me. It can be colors, the sky, a person, childhood memories, the texture of a fabric, etc. I can't put my finger on one influence. But the results of my workmanship matter to me. I try to create dolls that have a look of innocence, purity, and genuine goodness. It's really simple...I just hope the dolls make you feel happy and comforted. "

She also customizes dolls from your odd ideas as well. Check out Moomeez Boutique and it's sure to make you smile as well.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


We added over twenty new fragrances to our incense menu:
Apple Cinnamon
Black Current Vanilla
Bubble Bath
Cedarwood Chips
Cinnamon Almond
Deep Fried Ice Cream
Indonesian Coffee
Lemon Lime
Moroccan Mint
Oreo Cookie
Red Velvet Cake
Sweet Pomegranate
Tobacco Pipe
White Christmas
White Cinnamon

The rare occasions I smell a pipe, a comforting serene feeling comes over me as my grandmother used to smoke one.  I think I will light that one this weekend.  Many aren't in our main scent list but if you like them in incense then you will begin to see them in our candles and bath and body products....just ask!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Toilet Tealight Candle Holder

What room in the house needs scenting more than the bathroom. I had to get this. Don't you just love it. Beautifully handcrafted in pine wood by Mike at Lepelstat Crafts; his description reads "This unique tea candle holder will give the man of the house a reason to light a match!" Great for the "man cave" bathroom, workshops or anywhere you want to start a conversation. I bought this as a gift and got a good laugh. I also included some scented votives such as fresh wood shavings, redwood and neutral musk and his bathroom has never looked or smelled better.

You can find this and many other wooden items like soap dishes, puzzles and lanterns exclusively at his shop on Etsy at You can also contact him for custom items. I guarantee one won't find this quality or unique item plus great customer service at any mass-produced store.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Scent of the Month - Southern Pecan Pie

I've never had pecan pie before but I love this fragrance so I picked it as our November Scent of the Month. Southern Pecan Pie makes me want to go out and buy or make one.  I don't even like pecans but the smell of brown sugar, vanilla buttery cream and baked pecans is enough to make your mouth water.

This fragrance is in my pecan pie tart and they are so cute.  For this month only you can purchase 2 pecan pie tarts for only $10.00.   One for you and one for the person who asked you if they can have yours when they smell the aroma burning in your house :-)