Preserve Memories with Mixbook

Putting together a photo book of our Barn Wedding was so fun and easy with Mixbook. I spent 20 years teaching people how to preserve their photos. In the predigital era, it was a lot easier to get people to print their photos because that was the only way they could see their photos. But with the onset…

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Purr-fect Gift for a Cat Lover and Mats Jonasson Crystal Sculpture Collector

In honor of Black Cat Appreciation Day, here is an opportunity for cat lovers to treasure a keepsake that will last more than 9 lives.

Kitten with yarn - Mats Jonasson Signature Collection
The kitten with a ball of yarn is part of the Mats Jonasson Signature Collection

This is a sweet Mats Jonasson crystal paperweight sculpture, intaglio carved from a slab of Swedish crystal in the form of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn. The crisp detail reveals it is a striped tabby.

Fully signed “MJ Sweden” on the bottom.

This  work is from the Mats Jonasson Signature Collection, Made in Sweden. Lead Crystal 28% lead.  Perfect condition.  Box slightly worn as shown above.

It would make a lovely gift for the cat lover or the collector of Danish / Scandinavian Modern art glass.

Size: 3-1/4″ high by 3-3/4″ wide, depth varies.

Price is $80 plus shipping and handling.

Only ONE available.

Mats Jonasson Signature Collection - kitten and ball of yarn
A closeup of the handcrafted lead crystal sculpture of a Kitten with a ball of yarn from Mats Jonasson Signature Collection 

For more Mats Jonasson Signature Collection items, visit Al’s Neighborhood.

NOTE: This will be shipped by UPS.  Cost is based on location, shipping from the Chicagoland area.  For more information, fill out the form below.

 

 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Chocolatey Photo Frame

Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies® offers this great recipe.

Kellogg's® Cocoa Krispies® photo frame

Make this delicious photo frame with Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies®.

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows — OR — 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies® cereal
  • Canned frosting or decorating gel
  • Food coloring
  • Assorted candies and/or multi-colored sprinkles

Directions: 

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Kellogg’s® Cocoa Krispies® cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool.
4. Trim desired photograph to about 10 x 6-inches. Cut a piece of wax paper to same size as photograph. Place wax paper on center of cereal mixture. Top wax paper with photograph. Cut narrow strips of wax paper to fit just over edges of photo. Pipe frosting on wax paper covering the edges of the photo, keeping frosting off of the photo. Decorate edges of cereal mixture with frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.
MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 through 4 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.
Note:
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.

Celebrate Groundhog Day

What is Groundhog Day?   Groundhog Day is celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2nd.

chocolate treat shaped as  a groundhog

Shop Punxsutawney Phil’s website for groundhog gifts.

The day involves weather prognostication by a furry creature, namely the Groundhog.  The most famous and the biggest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where crowds as large as 40,000.  Since 1886, people have gathered here to celebrate the holiday, which is based on when winter is going to end.

The tradition holds that if the groundhog (Marmota monax) pops his head out but sees a shadow when emerging from its burrow, and pops back down, winter will go on for another six weeks. But, if it doesn’t see its shadow, and the groundhog comes out of its burrow, then it is thought that winter will be over soon.

What you should know is… that National Climatic Data Center has described the forecasts as “on average, inaccurate” and stated that “the groundhog has shown no talent for predicting the arrival of spring, especially in recent years.”

Although Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predictions have been correct 39% of the time, accordingto the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, he is still considered the Number 1 prognosticator in the United States. 

Looking for gifts and/or party favors to celebrate Groundhog Day?  Click on Punxsutawney Phil’s website to find chocolate treats and more….

Also check out the Recipes page.

groundhog poop _ chocolate candy

A fun gift for Feb. 2nd, give “groundhog poop,” which is really chocolate candy.

Make Special Memories this Valentine’s Day

Create Valentine Memory Boards

Valentine memory board

Create functional art

Capture heartfelt valentine memories and display them on pretty memory boards to give a room seasonal panache.

Wrap 1/2-inch-thick square or rectangular cork pieces in fabric. Choose Valentine’s Day patterns, or select coordinating fabrics in pinks and reds to best suit the holiday. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, wrap best. Fold the corners, wrap the fabric to the back, and staple in place. Mount the panels with removable hooks and picture hangers to make it easy to change them out.

Light up the Night with this Votives

votive candle

The candles are as sweet as your valentine mood when you add this accent. Fill plain glass votive candleholders with candy nonpareils for seasonal color. Small glass beads from the crafts store offer a similar look.

Create a Candy-framed Photo Frame

Candy-heart frame photo frame

Make memories last

Craft this candy-heart frame as a sweet homemade gift for your Valentine. Measure a cardboard circle to fit on top of a picture frame. Glue the candy hearts on the cardboard head-to-head, adding another layer on top. To finish the easy gift, glue the cardboard with the candy hearts onto the frame.

You can alternate colors on a single frame, or adhere the hearts with the sayings facing up for a more creative and personalized approach.

Valentine’s Gift Ideas

Engrave your True Feelings this Valentine’s Day

Give an Apple with Signature gift wrapping and message

Engraved iPad

Have your Apple product shipped in our beautiful signature gift box with a red ribbon, along with a personalized greeting card. It’s a thoughtful touch if you can’t be there to see them open it in person.

And even better if you’re there to watch their faces light up. Gift wrapping is available for select Apple products and accessories, including all iPod and certain iPad and Mac notebook models.

This Coach Business Brief is Long on Style and Function

This soft leather Coach business brief features strong hardware, versatile carrying options and, obviously, an elegant and distinguished style.

Coach business brief case

This brief is large enough to fit a 15” laptop. However, it will not protect your computer from a hard bump or drop.
Complimentary hangtag monogramming is available.

  • Retro glove tanned leather
  • Inside zip, cellphone and multi-function pockets
  • Outside front zip pocket
  • Buckle closure, fabric lining
  • Leather handles with 2” drop
  • 15 1/4 (L) x 11 (H) x 4 (W)
  • Large enough to fit a 15” laptop; please carry with care, as this item will not protect your computer from a hard bump or drop.

Limited Edition baseball-inspired Leather from Coach

This is just one product of “A limited-edition collection in glove-tanned leather, inspired by the sport that inspired Coach.”  For more details, Click HERE.

baseball leather billfold

This limited edition wallet was hand-assembled and precisely stitched using genuine glove-tanned leather—a handsomely grained version of the Coach original, baseball-inspired leather first introduced in 1958.

Here is just one of the Coach products in the Heritage baseball collection. It features full-length billfold compartments with credit card and multifunction pockets.  4 1/4″ (L) x 3 3/4″ (H)

Grand Slam! Authentic Baseball Bat Bottle Openers

Uncommon Goods offers unique gifts, many handmade and/or using recycled materials such as authentic game-day Major League baseball bats.

Gift boxed with a story card with instructions regarding its special hologram number. For more info, click HERE.

baseball bat bottle opener


Each  is gift boxed with a story card with instructions regarding its special hologram number. Bats from the USA, hardware from China. Assembled in the USA.

You’re Framed!

bicycle chain photo frame

Frame your loved ones with this bicycle-chain photo frame. Click here for more details.

Bicycles aren’t just for riding.  They can be recycled into such gifts such as this photo frame.

The Missing Link In Recycling
Graham Bergh and his team of gifted artisans in Mosier, Oregon.  Each month they collect 3,000 pounds of used bicycle parts, drawing from 150 shops in 17 states. The pieces that still have life in them are donated to a local non-profit group that teaches bicycle repair to children.

The ones that are beyond repair are polished and made various items.

Handmade in Oregon.  Materials: metal    Two sizes:  4×6 frame: 6.5″ H x 4.5″ W  and  5×7 frame: 7.5″ H x 5.5″ W