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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
DIY: Inexpensive home decor ideas
Learn how to make wall decor that you are proud to show off. Amazingly, it is made from toilet paper rolls.
Make Special Memories this Valentine’s Day
Create Valentine Memory Boards
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
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
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
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
Gift Ideas for a “Teatotaller”
Put the Kettle on and Relax
No need for a tea party when you own this bit of china: Royal Albert Cheeky Pink Tea-for-One.
An added feature is that while the tea brews in the pot, it warms the teacup below.
From Royal Albert’s popular New Country Roses collection, the 16 oz. teapot with matching teacup and saucer features 22-carat gold trim.
This design not exactly your cup of tea? How about this out-of-this world design?
Dr. Who fans will recognize The TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), a time machine and spacecraft featured in the BBC Science Fiction Television series.
As any self respecting Whovian knows, the TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and any place in the universe… then again The Doctor is not the best driver so who knows where he and his trusty assistant will land?
Now everyone can transport themselves to another place in time by brewing some tea. Like chocolate, tea fixes any and every problem right? Plus, it’s a nice start to the day… a delightful break in the afternoon… and a comfort after a long day.
With any tea set there is a matching tea cup.
If you are someone who just likes things simple, then the Brown Betty is for you.
This teapot is a favorite because it results in a perfect up a tea due to its shape. When boiling water is added, the tea leaves gently swirl creating the most desired flavor.
Handmade in Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, England, the Brown Betty is made of red clay with a Rockingham glaze. The 36-oz. pot brews six cups. 6 1/4″ high. To clean, hand wash and air dry.
Find out more about Stoke-on-Trent, the City fondly known as The Potteries: Click here.
Then again, if you are a traditionalist and want to impress, there is the silver tea set such as the one pictured below, available at Replacements.com.
You’ll love this heart-shaped teapot.
This red porcelain pot has a heart-shaped lid and platinum trim. It holds 32 oz. 6 ¾” wide from handle to lip, 6 ½” high. For more info, click here.
Have a private tea-party for two with this stackable tea set, which is a charming addition to any kitchen. Hand-wash.
* Stacked: 9″h
* Cup: 3″ diameter; 2.25″h
* Kettle: 3″ diameter; 5″h
Content & Care:
* Hand wash
In an effort to create the perfect cup of tea, this 34 oz. teapot is fashioned from clear glass so you can watch the tea steeping. Once it reaches the desired strength, press the plunger of its infuser to instantly halt the brewing process, preventing the tea from tasting bitter. The hand-blown borosilicate glass, which was developed for laboratory use, combines extreme heat resistance with high clarity and durability. The handle provides a cool, comfortable hold, and the spout pours neatly. The lid is stainless steel.
Find more unique and functional teapot at www.crookedbrains.net
Perfume for Book Lovers
Word for the Day:
A person who collects or has a great love of books.
Read All About It and Smell Like it Too!
This is a bibliophile’s dream come true… and, perhaps the best marketing campaign for a perfume that sounds like it might smell like my grandmother’s attic: old and musty.
The price is no joke. This little bottle here sells for $98. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself HERE.
But before you totally dismiss this gift, which was launched in Milan of 2012, take in account that it is not just a perfume but a book as well… put together in “collaboration with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, Wallpaper magazine, avant-garde perfumer Geza Schoen, and German fine-art publisher Gerhard Steidl” among others.
Paper Passion boasts of having the “chic and wearable smell of a freshly printed book” while including essays by Lagerfeld, Schoen, Wallpaper editor Tony Chambers, and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass.
Perfume: 50 ml. Book: 4 ½” x 6″.
Everyone Loves Presents!
More Gift Ideas
Searching for what to give your loved one for Valentine’s Day, Birthday and/or Wedding Anniversary? Or.. how about a present “Just Because”?
Here’s an Idea….Remember… or at least hear of… the elegance of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis?
One of her beauty secrets was almond oil. Click here to add this to your skincare routine.