Archive for the ‘gift ideas’ Category

Lovebirds soap for the newlywed bathroom vanity…

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

I’ve never been too into soaps that are too pretty to use. But then again… they make some of these sculpted soaps so darn cute!

Two white turtle doves perched in a white pedestal dish, these would make a nice little addition to any registry gift.

By Gianna Rose Atelier at Cambria Cove, the intricately detailed lovebird soaps are sweetly scented with tulip and hyacinth. Their black Chinoise-style gift box comes hand-tied with a grey velvet ribbon; $35. Very sweet.

Speaking of carved soaps, have you seen our new vintage china soap dish? Pale blue with gilt from a Paragaon fine bone china saucer from England… It makes a splendid little business card holder, too.

Feeling very grateful for life, love, friends, creativity…

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

And what perfect timing.

My friend Aedriel (yes, you’ve read about her here before and can find her plates in our wedding gifts section) just introduced this most endearing plate.

On the table, on your wall, as a gift… it’s the perfect reminder to pause & give a little thanks.

Aedriel chose this quote to go with…

I’m thankful for the sea breeze that feels so good right now, and the scent of jasmine when the sun starts going down.
I’m thankful…

~Johnny Cash

You can see why I love her so much, huh?

The Grateful plate measures 8″; $20 each by Aedriel Originals.

Modern His & Hers pillowcases for romantic goodnights

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

I’m not the only one who loves the retro touch of His & Hers pillowcases propped up on a nicely made bed. Room Service Home catalog presents this 300 thread count version in a modern script font. As much as I like the look & feel of a pair of crisp cotton vintage embroidered pillowcases with a crochet edge, I have true affection for this updated version of the classic as well. Made in India, His and Hers pillowcase set, $49.

If you are in the market for the real deal, we just added this authentic pair: a Mr. & Mrs. pillowcase set for the vintage-honeymoon-style boudoir.

Stamp your names on save the dates, thank you’s, anywhere…

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Far off in the land of Sydney, Australia, someone is using a knife to hand carve your names into a rubber stamp. Just to ship it off to you so you can stamp, stamp, stamp your hearts out in any color you choose. 

The little carver is Riyo, who is from Japan and very talented in many ways. This stamp is one of them.

Her etsy shop, talktothesun, has many other stamps to send “best wishes” and “thank you”s among others. Wait til you see what the little ones sit inside…! Custom wedding name stamp, $38.

(For stamp pads, Color Box & Ancient page both have lots of stamp pad ink colors.)

Custom lettered vintage plates for your wedding or your walls

Friday, June 25th, 2010

With vintage European china very much on the brain lately, these are high on my wish list for our kitchen wall. I’m trying to decide between “love” and “live,” which both have an equally inspiring message to me.

For weddings though, how cute would these be hanging on a wall or a fence at the reception? Okay, that’s assuming your event is somewhere that would allow you to hang these in some way. But you could also display them on stands along a table before you hang them up back at home.

Your names with an ampresand in between, or “us forever,” perhaps? I’m melting! Custom lettered plates in floral designs by The Salvaged Tea Party.

Your artful wedding cake on a hand-painted wedding plate

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This is one of my favorite new wedding gift ideas. And it happens to be made by one of my favorite people!

Orange & Blossom artist Aedriel Originals creates custom wedding plates that memorialize that gorgeous cake you spent so long designing & not nearly long enough enjoying.

She paints an original artwork version of your lovely confection on a glazed & fired ceramic plate then adds your names & wedding date in a fanciful font below. Here are the original wedding cakes that inspired these personalized wedding cake plates.

Of course, I also love the Date Night At Home Dinner PlatesSexy Little Dessert Plates that she created just for us! Ah, a woman of many talents…

Too darn cute: personalized wedding posters on etsy now

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Not that you wouldn’t want to plaster every wall of your home with photos from the wedding. They’re sure to be gorgeous & you’ll certainly have paid enough for each charming image. But, if a wall calls to you for something a little different to remember the day by, maybe a custom wedding poster is just the thing?

This one is from ellothereon etsy (a.k.a. the husband & wife team of Seth & Maddy). They create invitations, save the dates, & other wedding yummies like this vintage-style beach wedding poster, all on a wind-powered press. Customize the cute characters by requesting a match to your hair color, outfits, & wedding colors. If you plan in advance, you can frame & display your 11×17 print ($75 for the digital version) at the reception, too. This design is also available on wedding invitations. I’ve seen some other wedding posters to share with you too, but I wanted to started with one that is by a couple for couples. The love shows.

I really need these to-do list organizer notepads; how about you?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010


I spied these in the new RSH catalog and wondered if the people who have time to order & use these really need them.: ) They’re so spirited though, aren’t they?

Above: What To Do Pad, $19, and Everyday Pad, $24.
Left: Buy Contact Do Pad (on Amazon.com), $17.

Okay, back to my to-do list!…

Initial pocket mirrors: a sweetly personal bridesmaid gift or gift topper

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

For less than $4, who could resist bestowing these to all of their favorite ladies?

I want one for the monogrammed linen pouch alone!

Little brass initial mirror with pouch, $3.95 from Anthropologie. It looks like they’re sold out of some of the letters on the website because they’re on sale.

I only wish I’d seen them sooner. Perhaps you’d have better luck in the store?

If not, etsy has plenty of ideas for custom pocket mirrors.

Alas, no monogrammed pouch…

Toasting glasses for 2, or favors for bachelorettes & bridal showers

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Tell me, do you love these as much as I do? As soon as I saw them, I had to share. From the wonderful site, French Garden House, on which I spied them: “Un Verre D’Amitie” translates to “A Glass of Friendship. Copied from etched brocante originals, the etching on these sweet glasses is surrounded by a gorgeous ornate “frame” … Folk lore has it that glasses like these were kept on the top shelf to be taken down and used only for friends who came to visit. Pass this lovely custom on, and offer a glass of refreshment with love to your friends in our Friendship Glasses.” $24/set of two.

Personally, I prefer to drink wine & cocktails out of simple, stemless glasses like these. It just feels more European & less fussy. Use them as a replacement for traditional toasting flutes, serve bellinis in them at your bridal shower, or champagne with a splash of Chambord and a few floating raspberries for your bachelorette spa day. Feeling spendy? Raise them at the end of the reception as a goodnight toast; everyone will take them home from your wedding as a meaningful favor to use for years of toasting to true love & friendship.

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