Thursday, April 17, 2008

Picture Perfect....

We have added a new collection of Inspiration Photo Frames to our selection. The first shipment flew out faster than we had time to take pictures to share, but we just received a new batch. These would make wonderful gifts for just about any occasion or even a nice little gift to yourself. They have beautiful quotes and are available in various matting and frame combinations. So without further ado......

Spring Back Door Sale

Its closing in on that time of year again....time for your favorite shops on Main Street to start gathering and marking down some of their excess inventory and offer you fabulous savings!!!!!! There are 9 locations to save this start planning your route for the day. We (dahlias) will set up in our side yard again and will have toted and marked things down for your buying pleasure. The savings will happen:

May 17, 2008
8:00 am - ?????
Sale Locations Include:
Jake's On Main ~136 S. Main St.
Main Street Books ~ 307 S. Main St.
dahlias ~ 525 S. Main St.
Heritage Place Antiques ~ 600 S. Main St.
Maison Rive ~ 603 S. Main St.
Jansen Clocks ~ 608 S. Main St.
The Satterfield's ~ 715 S. Main St.
Main Street Marketplace ~ 708 S. Main St.
Finishing Touches by Charlotte* ~ 825 S. Main St.
*formerly This Olde House

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Going Green?

I love the color green, but the thought of actually going "green" well its a little overwhelming. What actions can I change that will make a difference? Where do I home, at work? Do I start small, adding a few changes here and there? Will it really affect the way I live my day to day life? Ahhhh what do I do? This is about the point I decide eh, I'll think about it later and then nothing happens, nothing is changed!

So in an effort to actually make some changes...I am going to think about it and find a few places to begin and attempt to add from there. I can hear Maria from the Sound of Music, "Let's start at the very beginning, its the perfect place to start..." And that is so true the beginning is the perfect place to start. Where is my beginning? How about at the shop, its where I spend most of my time so hopefully its where I can make the biggest impact.

In January I made the effort to introduce at least one new product that had an environmental conscience. I found some of my favorite vendors were introducing or already had products that met the requirements. K. Hall Designs offers a wonderful array of goodies to scent your home. They also are quite eco-friendly. The containers for their diffusers are made with recycled materials, they offer ideas on how to reuse their glass candle jars, their diffuser oils are available as a refill, which means the glass diffuser bottle can be reused. Their candles are made with renewable resources, good for the environment and your family.

Hillhouse Naturals introduced several new eco-friendly fragrance collections. We included the Botura Collection in our Spring 2008 Goodies. The collection includes candles made with a 100% natural soy wax blend and plant-derived essential oils. The diffusers' packaging was printed at a facility that uses 100% Wind Power.

That is a look at my "beginning" in an effort to make the world a greener place. I still have a few eco-friendly goodies that have yet to arrive. One I am very excited about includes purses, clutches, and reusable totes. All of these are made by re-purposing clothing and other fabrics, thanks Abby for directing me to them! Now my question to you.....Do any of you have simple changes that could make a difference and be the "beginning" for others?

Friday, April 11, 2008


In 2007 four very good friends tied the knot. Two were my very best is staring her first anniversary in the face...wish her and her hubby luck, they leave for Vegas to celebrate this week. The other just celebrated her fifth month of marriage. The other two brides...well let's just say we have in knowing one since we were little bitty tots and the other since Kindergarten.

Four weddings comes with four shower gifts (sometimes more), four bachelorette party gifts, and the all important four wedding gifts. While I do like to give the newly weds practical gifts from their Registry Lists. Its nice to give a meaningful gift...something that will remind them of their beautiful day.

So as the "2008 Wedding Season" gets underway I gathered photos of some meaningful gift ideas for the weddings on your calendar...Enjoy!

This would be the perfect addition to any gift...
the Bride can stow this Brag Book in her purse and be able to share her favorite photos.

"To Love and to Cherish."
A beautiful way to display the vow exchange.

"What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and South and East and West of your life.
I have only one request, that you spend it with me."

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them anyway."
- Mother Teresa

Two plaques with beautiful passages from the Bible.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

April Showers Bring May Flowers....

Well in that case we are going to have quite a garden full, aren't we my friends? We don't necessarily require watering at dahlias, but we have had quite a crop of new goodies arrive. One of our favorites is a new line of hand made photo frames, brag books, photo albums, calendar holders, post-it holders, and art work brag boards.

Display your family photos in style with a new frame.
A simple reminder to always "Cherish Family"."Its not the years in your life that count, it is the life in your years."
-Abraham Lincoln
"Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters."
-Margaret Peters
Transport candid shots of your little ones with a brag book.Always have your "Good Times" photos handy with this totable brag book.
Gather your holiday or vacation photos in one spot with a stylish new photo album.
Stay organized with a quirky calendar holder
Jot down a quick note from the hanging sticky pad holder.
Clear the clutter on the front/side of your fridge by displaying the latest masterpiece of your budding artist on a brag board (or two!).