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Adorable Dinnerware Sets Made in USA

28 Jul

july-kids-dinnerwareToday I’d like to spotlight our adorable melamine dinnerware sets for children.  We love these products because they’re cute, of course, but more importantly because these products are nontoxic, BPA-Free, and dishwasher safe. Our products are proudly made in the USA and all of our materials and components for these items are purchased from American businesses. Since we don’t ship things in from overseas, we also reduce the environmental impact of your dinnerware purchase.

The kids in the pictures are my great nephew William and my great niece Evelyn.  They are both celebrating their 2nd birthdays next month so in honor of the big day they have a new special plate, bowl, place mat and mug.  These dinnerware sets are a great way to make mealtime fun. From princess crowns to race cars and trains to unicorns, there are designs to please all tastes. Stylish and fun personalized tableware features custom plate sets, bowls, mugs and personalized place mats.  And they are all personalized!

july-kids-dinnerware-002Our placemats are 12×18” and sealed with a heavy laminate so they can be wiped clean. Coordinating melamine plates are 10” round and bowls are 6.5” round. Melamine products are dishwasher safe, but not microwavable. 11 oz. polymer mugs are shatterproof & dishwasher safe, however hand-washing is recommended to preserve color.

These make wonderful birthday and holiday gifts and are the type of item that gets saved for many years.  There are some wonderful melamine plate and platters for adults in plates and platters too which are great for casual entertaining and gift giving.  I love giving them for hostess gifts and for housewarming presents.  We are committed to making handmade, personalized items your family can treasure forever.

Best wishes,

Renee

Understanding Paper Weight

21 Jul

 

text-weight2Have you ever thought about paper weight and wanted to understand it a little better?  Anyone who understands paper can tell you that whether a note card is thicker or thinner is something that can be a little confusing.

There are two elements that go into determining Paper Weight:

1) The TYPE of paper stock (ex. BOND, TEXT or COVER)
2) The WEIGHT of paper stock (ex. 60 lb, 130 lb, etc.)

Just because an item has a higher weight doesn’t mean it’s thicker.  Here is an example:  A 100 lb. Text stock is actually lighter than 80 lb. Cover stock.

Examples of of paper types are often used:

Bond stocks are often used for note pads.

Text stocks are often used for note pads, Post-It® notes, light-weight note cards, and medium-weight note cards.

Cover stocks are often used for medium-weight note cards, heavy-weight note cards, holiday cards, business cards and invitations.

Board stocks are similar to cover stocks except they are available in much heavier weights. At 60 pt., board stock is extremely rigid and thick, similar to the cover of a hardcover book.

text-weightTo compare paper stocks, view the TYPE and the WEIGHT.
You can see the lightest weight stocks fall under the BOND column and
the heaviest weight stock numbers fall under the COVER column.

Further information for paper enthusiasts

So, why isn’t 80 lb. Text the same weight as 80 lb. Cover While the weight in pounds for most paper types is based on the total weight of 500 sheets, the dimensions of each individual sheet may vary for different TYPES of paper stock.  For example, Text stock is weighed based upon 25″ x 38″ sheets, while Cover stock is weighed based upon 20″ x 26″ sheets.   Also, due to manufacturing differences in paper, not all papers of the same type and weight will feel the same.

Paper weight in stationery and note cards is ultimately a personal choice.  Whether you select thinner or thicker stock is really up to the designer and the user.   Many people like thicker stocks, however, not all.  Bear in mind that some very fine, thinner stocks are made by the very best manufacturers and are beautiful in their own right.  Further, price is not necessarily determined by thicker or thinner stock in many situations, but rather by the process used for production and the specialty nature of certain papers.

No matter whether you note is written on thicker or thinner stock, I wish you happy letter writing!

Best wishes,

Renee

Summertime is Perfect To Work on Holiday Card Lists

14 Jul

july-xmas-cardsSummertime is a wonderfully quiet and relaxing time of year for many people.  If you are looking for a little project to work on, consider updating your holiday mailing list.  No matter whether you computerize your mailing list or keep it as a hand-written list, reviewing it for accuracy is a great idea.

Throughout the year, when I get moving card announcements, wedding invitations and birth announcements from family and friends, I keep them in a folder along with my mailing list.  Usually once a year I update all the information.  I happen to keep my holiday card list on a spreadsheet on my computer which makes it easy to update. As the children of my friends marry I also add them to my list with their new information and as babies are born they are listed as well.  My list continues to grow and I love it!

Summertime weekends make a great time to go through my phone book and all those cards and announcements and I update my spreadsheet so I can be sure my holiday card envelopes will be as accurate as possible.

I love to order personalized holiday cards, sometimes with a family photo and sometimes just with a pretty design.  During some quieter weekends, I’ve been able to get my children together and we’ll get a family picture taken and many summertime backgrounds make for a fabulous holiday card photo.  The inside of my cards usually has a printed sentiment that I either create or select and it’s followed by our family names.  You can also opt to write a little message even if the cards are printed, if you want an extra personal touch, even if it’s something as simple as “wishing you holiday joys” and a signature.

A great time to order your holiday cards is in fall, as early as September or October, to give you ample time to have the order printed and arrive at your home, and then allow you plenty of time to address them.  Aiming to mail your holiday cards just before Thanksgiving is perfect timing and is a really nice way to kick off the holiday season.  If you get a later start, no need to panic.  It’s never too late to mail a holiday card.  I have even, on some years, chosen to mail a Happy New Year card featuring my family holiday trip photos.  But by then, certainly, my mailing list is updated and ready to go.

july-xmas-cards-001Once your cards and stuffed into envelopes and sealed, It’s time for the addressing.  I highly recommend hand writing your envelopes, even if you don’t have the best handwriting.  It really looks nicer than anything computerized and adds a great  personal touch.   By all means, try to stay far away from computer labels!

Find a nice pen that is comfortable and provides a nice smooth imprint.  Some enjoy using a metallic pen, especially when the envelopes are darker in color, such as cranberry or red or navy or evergreen.  A fine tip Sharpee is usually my go-to pen as it is easy to use and makes it easy for me to create nice lettering.

When you address your envelopes, you can either use the formal “Mr. and Mrs. David Carter” or  if you prefer to be more casual, you can write “Caroline and David Carter” followed by the address.  Of course, if there are children, either state “and family” after the parent’s names or list the children’s names names on the second line. Generally spell all the words out on the address, rather than abbreviating.

Finally, bring a finished holiday card to the post office so it can be weighed and measured and they can quote you the proper postage.  Sometimes cards will require extra postage if they are in square envelopes or if they exceed certain weights.   Your post office also usually offers holiday-themed first class stamps as you get closer to November and they are very nice to use on the envelopes.

So, by all means enjoy the summer.  Eat ice cream.  Get some sun and go for plenty of walks.  But, reserve a little time to work on that mailing list and you will make your Fall season a little easier!

Best wishes,

Renee