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Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee

Namaste … Your new yoga mat says hello.

2 Feb

If you practice yoga or pilates, you know how important it is to have a good mat.  I practice Pilates and I will sometimes finish my session and wonder which mat is mine since they tend to look the same.  That’s why I am so excited to introduce our new personalized yoga mats.

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These gorgeous and colorful mats are of the highest quality and come with a carrying case for portability and storage.  If anything, these mats might inspire you to start a new workout routine!  I found some great online pilates moves you can do in your own home.  This one from Fitness magazine is an eight minute routine to ease you into Pilates and for those who are short on time.  If you’re into yoga, try these moves also from Fitness magazine.

Enjoy and if you have any pilates or yoga routines you swear by, share them in the comments below.  I would love to hear about it!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

A fantastical unique wonderful gift idea (need I say more?)

14 Jul

There’s nothing I like better than to give a wonderful but unlikely gift.  I know that everyone thinks I love stationery.  And, I do, don’t get me wrong.  But my favorite go-to gift for a few years now has been a fabulous set of personalized Post-it® Notes.

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Now let’s face it, Post-its® are not something that most people think of getting for themselves.  And that’s the reason it’s just so incredibly perfect.

* They are useful.

* They are personalized.

* They are cute.

* They come in great designs and great colors.

* They are an ideal for women or men or teens.

* They are unique.

*  They are the kind of gift that will be remembered (in a good way!).

So pick your style, pick your color and we’ll create a little gift that will go a long way.

These little paper confections are a great gift for every occasion that I can think of – holidays, birthdays, graduations, housewarming and more.

Enjoy!

Warmly,

Renee