Archive for April, 2008

Cool tools for your Christmas shopping online

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Just strolling through the web, I accidentally stumbled onto a nice site that lets you do lot of your Christmas or any sort of shopping online and gather your shopping wish lists and ‘shopcast’.  On the first look it looks like a cool widget site and it is entirely enjoyable.

Burgundy Velvet Christmas stocking  with olive trim and tassel

Classic, elegant, custom embroidered with a name. Velvet materials, fully lined for that heirloom quality. The bling is added with a metallic gold rope trim and metallic gold thread embroidery stitch to personalize the stocking with a custom touch. (via Personalized Stockings)

The above is a little ‘shopcast’ code from the site, the site is called ThisNext and I bet it will save you time doing all your Christmas shopping this Season.

Aside from all the widgets to make your life easier, ThisNext has Watch People Shop which kept me entertained for a while… What will be next? Can I go virtually Christmas shop with a friend of mine from across the country?

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How to measure a Christmas Stocking

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

how to measure christmas stockingsWe often get calls from our customers asking what is the correct way to measure their Christmas stockings at home so they can buy additional ones to match.

Take a look at the picture of these Christmas stockings here.  We pictured out 16″ and out 18″ classic Christmas stocking.

The correct way to measure your Christmas stockings is from the top right hand corner where the hanger loop is atached diagonally down across the stocking to the toe of the bootie.

So a stocking described in our store as 18″ Christmas stocking measures 18″ diagonally as outlined above and in our illustration.  This will help you choose the right size of your Christmas stockings to match those you already have.

Most popular size of Christmas Stocking:  the 19″ and the 18″ holiday stocking is our most popular size.

Christmas Stockings for Paula’s Home Cooking Show

Friday, April 18th, 2008

personalized stockings for Paula Dean Home Cooking Show

Today we are shipping set of our personalized Christmas stockings to FoodNetwork’s Paula’s Home Cooking Show. They are filming the Christmas show next week and we were so pleased they chose our burgundy velvet olive trim and tassel personalized Christmas stockings to decorate the set.  

Here is a quick picture. I hope they will like the stockings.

We need to take a look if Paula has some great recipes for for our Christmas Party Guide and Ideas page.

Update 4-30-2008 We have received feedback from Paula’s assistant. We are so excited about it we just have to share it!
“Thank you so much for the beautiful stockings!!! They looked fabulous,
and will be on the Paula’s Party show around Christmas!!!!
Thanks once again- You have the best stockings ever!!!!”

We are honored we have been chosen to provide Paula’s Home Cooking Show with our personalized Chrirmas stockings and are absolutely delighted those stockings were a success!

 

Mosaic Mailbox – a Christmas gift idea for the one who has everything!

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Christmas Holly Mosaic Mail BoxIf you are doing early Christmas shopping and need a gift for someone who already has everything, take a look at our (still in development) Custom Mosaic Mailbox.

There are usually no mosaic mailboxes available in the on the market, we searched online and offline and could not find any. However driving around our Florida Keys community I saw at least 3 mosaic mailboxes just on the 2 streets on my way home. So there must be enough home owners who love to give a special custom or personalized touch to their home curb appeal in form of mosaic mailbox. The first custom mailbox has a tropical mailbox design with and it is a first in series of several designs we are planning to introduce from the hand made product series new for 2008. Mosaic Planter Plant Box Christmas Holly and BerriesWe even have a Christmas custom mailbox design! This custom line also has other mosaic items, such as mosaic planters, mosaic bird feeders, mosaic bird houses, mosaic garden furniture and more!

Tropical Custom Mailbox - MosaicThe tropical mailbox is designed from hand selected stained glass, ceramics, sea glass collected on the beaches and other fun items.  We hope you (and the recipient of this unique gift) will love our designs.  This line of custom mailboxes cannot be found anywhere and is produced on special order basis – so order now – order early and save this special item as a gift and while you are at it, order one for yourself.

The materials used, including the grout are for outdoor purpose so this gorgeous mailbox should last for many years in the outdoor conditions.

Most of these custom mailboxes can be personalized with your street address or a street number.

Personalize your own Christmas Stocking

Monday, April 7th, 2008

If you would like to try your hand at personalizing your own stocking, here is how to make personalized Christmas stocking:

Personalize your Christmas Stocking with glue and glitter:

Personalized Christmas Stocking

SUPPLIES

Iron-on letters can be bought around Christmas time in many craft or Christmas Stores. Some stores even carry a stocking that includes a set of iron on letters. Simply select the letters and arrange on the stocking and iron on.

Glitter and Glue Technique is the most popular way to personalize Christmas Stockings..

• There are Glitter and Glue Pens available in many Craft stores in various colors and sizes.

• We personally prefer using a separate glue bottle and sprinkling on the glitter after the name is written in the glue. This technique will give you best looking writing since the glitter shine is not dulled by the glue as the glitter is on top of the glue – not mixed with the glue. We use small Elmers paper glue bottles. Elmers paper glue is non toxic, soluble in water and dries clear. Glitter is available in most craft stores in many colors and sizes. Pick the smallest size of the glitter you can find. By size we mean the size of the glitter square. The smaller the glitter speck, the nicer the final product looks. With larger glitter specks the letter appear bulky and lack the smooth flow as well as shine.

HOW TO:

If you never personalized Christmas Stockings before, it is a good idea to :

  • Practice on other material
    • First so you may want to get the feel for the flow of the glue and right size of the lettering . The secret to a good looking inscription on your stocking or a hat is SYMMETRY. The writing looks good if it is positioned in the center of an area and written in a neat way so the letters are same size, width, direction.• Our expert writer recommends taking a paper towel or any soft kind of paper. Fold it so you would have approximately same space area as it would be on your stocking or a hat. Than take your glue bottle or glitter pen and try writing. You’ll see… first time your glue might not flow properly… so adjust your glue flow opening and pressure. By practicing on the paper, your stocking or a hat will be spared the first attempt mistakes.• You may also take a pencil and outline your letters on the paper first. Once your practice letters look good on the paper, it’s time to —
  • Try writing on the stocking.• If you write on the white part of the stocking, you may outline the name by a pencil and then just follow your outline with a glue. If your background is of dark color, use chalk (sewing shops have chalks that write on fabric). Then just follow your outline with a glue.• Some stocking fabrics are made from textured material with lot of threads on the materials’ surface. Your glue pen will drag the thread and most likely smudge the glue in other directions. To prevent this from happening Try to: Keep the glue tip Clean! If the glue tip has extra glue it catches the fabric threads and drags the threads with it. Keep your tip slightly above the fabric material… the glue will lay onto the fabric and your tip will not touch the threads. Use even pressure on the glue bottle to even out the flow of the glue.
  • There is a special way to write some letters• To write “e”, “l”, “k”, “h” or any letters having a loop if you choose to hand script your names. Here is a small illustration how to prevent smudging of your loops:

writing on Christmas Stocking

better way to personalize christmas stocking

Use the special way, if you can; not crossing the loops will prevent smudging or closing of the loop and the final effect looks the same. This technique is good for all letters with loops, such as e, l, h, k, b, f. If you used Elmer’s paper glue and messed up…. check if your stocking is washable… if yes, simply submerge the are with glue in cold water and the glue will dissolve…. be careful, do not rub the area so the material texture would not get damaged. If the writing on your stocking looks good,

The final step

• Sprinkle your written word with glitter, turn the stocking face down (use a newspaper or a pan underneath the stocking), shake off the excess glitter- and your personalized stockings are done!

• Make sure to read your glue’s directions for drying times and let the product dry for sufficient time so your masterpiece does not get smudged after all that effort went into it.

Personalize your Christmas Stockings with Alphabet Beads

Think alphabet or letter beads! Personalizing your stockings this way is easy and fun. You can buy alphabet beads online, just search Google for Letter Beads, and you will find lots of stores who sell them.

Get enough letters to cover your whole family and get some spare ones because there will be new people joining your family in the future and you want to make sure you have the opportunity to personalize stocking for them as well…. or if you want to, you can get nice mix of the letter alphabet beads so if in the future you need to personalize more Christmas stockings for the growing family, buying different name beads will fit into the intended design.

Personalize Christmas Stocking with Alphabet Beads

Google will help you find some really fancy beads alphabet beads or you can go for nice ceramic letter beads, we found a good source at CraftAmerica

Once your alphabet beards arrive,  simply string them onto a nice string: those gold or Christmas metallic red or green ropes that are used to hang Christmas ornaments or wrap Christmas presents may be perfect fit and usually available in spools in Christmas Giftwrap or Bow and Ribbon section in your store.

Finally you just attach the name on the string to your stocking (you can use tiny safety pins if you do not want to permanently attach the name string to the stocking by stitching ) and your personalized stockings are ready to hang on the fireplace.

Christmas stockings personalized in embroidery:

Embroidering your own Christmas stockings is for experts only if you do hand embroidering. If you have an embroidery machine, you can personalize most stockings that have a space for the name on the stocking cuff, providing your embroidery machine can get inside of the stocking without sewing the stocking together. You can also take your blank stockings to an embroidery store nearby and ask if they would put names on your stockings. Most embroidery shops prefer not to do embroidery on customer’s items simply because if something goes wrong while embroidering them, they have no way of replacing your stocking with another one from their stock.

If you like personalized stockings by embroidery or monogramming – you can check out our Christmas Stocking selection. We have posted just a few featured products here  but our store has a wide selection of Christmas stockings that can be personalized in embroidery script or block.
Here is a little widget to list through our Personalized Christmas Stockings
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Wedding Party Favors

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Christmas wedding ornamentWe are filling orders for wedding favor christmas ornaments this early in the year.  Lots of our Brides are early shoppers so they can plan their Christmas wedding without stress and rush.  The ornament pictured here is one of the most popular we have for weddings.  It is a 2-5/8″ glass ball ornament in dark red color with gold ink imprint.  But there are over 40 different colors in our ornament stock section so if your wedding color scheme differs, no worries, we probably have ornament color that will match. 

One of the brides who placed her order today is getting married in May of this year.  We can make and ship the glass ornaments quickly to meet most deadlines.  Christmas ornaments are such unique wedding favors for Spring and Summer wedding receptions  You are not limited just to Fall and Winter weddings to give your guests a favor that will stand out from the rest.  It’ll be so much fun when your guests decorate their Christmas tree 10 years from now, and as they take out this wedding favor ornament and put it on the tree, they can remember your special day and you. 

We have extensive design gallery of wedding design borders and you can even design your ornament online with our ornament designer.  Take a look – click on our wedding favor Christmas ornament  page link here.  If you have any questions feel free to give us a call on our toll free number 800-761-XMAS.  We can also send out a free sample with someone else’s imprint from previous production runs so you can make sure that the ornament style and color you chose fits your needs. 

These ornaments can actually be custom printed with any design, so they are suitable for any party : we have customized ornaments for corporate Christmas Parties with company logos, club parties with club insignia, military parties and family celebrations like Sweet Sixteen, Christening etc…