Sunday, December 12, 2010

Your Picture On Canvas

Everyone loves pictures. Can you imagine Facebook, smartphones and blogs being as popular without them? Remember when giving pictures in a frame or an album was a great gift?

Well here is one they'll never forget -- it goes up on the wall where it can become art or be a reminder of your thoughtfulness all year long.

At Canvas on Demand you can get your photographs on canvas. It takes only 3-4 days to ship. They will do enhancements for free and they will do gallery wrapping, if that's what you're looking for (that's where the pic wraps around the edges of the canvas and would show without a frame) for free as well. Or you can make those edges colored or they will frame it. They also do collages.And it can be returned for a whole year for your money back. My friend Debbie recommended this so highly, I doubt you will be returning anything. She said the only problem was deciding what photo to order!

Fab for a couple who just got married, important anniversaries, Grads, new grandparents, someone who just bought a new home, pet lovers -- but doing flowers or scenery as well makes this a great gift for just about anyone for any reason.

TIP: If you order before midnight tonight, December 12, you'll get 22% off using the code MYART22

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Few Pretty Things




Organic body wash in the prettiest colors from 100percentpure.com No harsh detergents, rich and foamy. One 16 oz bottle is $15. You can also get 5 for $39 which also comes with a bath sponge, and there are smaller and bigger sizes. Many fabulous, enticing scents: Blood orange, coconut, eucalyptus, white peach, Meyer lemon, even cocoa Kona coffee.



I bought this Scala Visor in Martha's Vineyard and it's great. High quality weave, classy colors, this gives you full sun protection and yet rolls up in a suitcase, back pack or purse without a problem. Great for travel, beach bags, etc... $25 800-367-3626 Or try Hatcountry.com

Color!


Saitek Notebook Optical Mouse, comes in Neon Colors at Amazon.com. Only $14 each.




Whimsical, colorful, unique purse-sized umbrellas from Plylones.com $32 each.





Thanks to Oprah.com for these pictures.

Napa Fire Pots




So coooooool! Never seen anything like these before.


Saw something new walking down 19th Street in the Heights. My reaction was all oooh and aaah and I noticed that was the same as the serveral other people who were gathered around the display table. They are Napa Firepots.


I looked it up the first chance I got and while I'd like to ask for one for Christmas, I'm ordering it! Some, like this blue and the red one, are only $27.50



These burn on a gel fuel oil which is apparenty odorless and burns clean. The flame is substantial but not scary big. No mess, no ashes, no drip. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles, some of which are pictured here.



You must get on the site and click around for yourself. Larger fireplace kinds range in the $70's, $300-500's and in the $800's for full wooden mantles.

There are outdoor and indoor models, and you can order extra oil in a variety of sizes. There are some perfect as fire-pit substitutes for the patio or garden....
The copper colored one below is only $59. But the for $27.50 you can line your walkway at a back yard party or put one on a table top.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Some Cool Toys



Flower Fairies from fatbraintoys.com are charming, colorful and very different. There's a fairy horse and a Fairy princess as well, from $7.95- 410.95. Click around on the site, as they have lots of options.

Dodge Tag -- a kind of dodgeball and laser tag combo. It's a high energy game, that challenges kids to hit the Velcro targets. Comes with two colorful vests with targets and balls to toss at them! $18.00






The Razor -- Kind of a big Wheel $130 - you just have to go on the site to read about it, so click the link and check it out. You can find retailers through their site.

Push, Pull, Ride! Amazing little 3 in one toy, well built and attractive, by a name we all remember and trust -- Radio Flyer. This is something a child (18-36 mo) can sit on and be pulled, but the seat turns upside down and locks back in to make a wagon. They have a cute "girls" version where the handle is pink and the handle is a caterpillar face. Only $34.99 at Amazon.

Saucer Scramble Game by Mattel -- $35 but I found it for as low as $15.90 on Amazon. Ages 5 and up, but I bet teens would like it too. Great customer reviews (if you want to read them.) You may want to buy some replacement discs too. Seems to me they can get easily lost.



HyperBlast from ShopWildPlanet.com$30 orGoogle for better price. This has gotten great reviews and just looks cool to me. Like the Saucer Scramble, it looks like it could be used by the whole family... or older and younger kids.


More to come, but this ought to get you started!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Real Meaning of Giving....

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

~Oren Arnold (a writer from Texas)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

AMAZING Chrystal Christmas Lights- MUST HAVE!

I can't tell you how incredible these lights are-- you have to see them lit up in person to believe it. They are like no other I've ever seen (and that's saying a lot, since I have been professionally shopping for decades!). I found them in a florist's store after Christmas last year at half price and I snatched up the only two they had left. Been searching online for a year to find more with no luck and today, viola -- Amazon has them!The colors are so vivid, and the substantial chrystal-glass bulbs are an unusual almost shape: like a short dollop of whipped cream almost,with a rippled texture. They are not LED, but are made extra bright and sparkly somehow. This set comes in a mix of 5 colors on the 17.5 foot strand --gorgeous navy blue, a rich burgandy, true red and green and pretty shade of yellow. The electrical cord connecting them are substantial, each bulb has a plastic clip to hold it to a branch or help you connect to an outdoor bush or the eaves of your roof, and yes, that means they are indoor/outdoor. The glass is not flimsy, being chrystal, but it IS glass, so I am going to treat mine with the utmost of care. I want to have these forever.

They are nothing short of Dazzling and of the highest quality. Run don't walk to order at Amazon now for $24.99!

The maker, Kurt S. Adler, has many unusual lights for all occasion (even those old fashioned bubblers). You can Google their own website to see what else they make if these aren't your cup of tea, but oddly, Amazon seems to have a far greater selection and it's much clearer to shop from there too. There is also a chrystal set in just red and green. These pictures just don't do their brilliance justice. Your tree or front yard will have everyone oohing and aahing with these lights on them!
They also have a multi-colored thin glass bulb set and a pastel set, which could look amazing on white trees, metallic trees or in the baby's room (or heck, to give pizzaz to the decor at a baby shower). They are not chrystal and not as bright, but certainly are worth a mention.

Please let me know if you get them in the comments!

Friday, December 3, 2010

For the Smart Phone/iPad users




....which means just about everyone, here's one smart gift.


Gloves that allow you to use the touch screen without removing them, or freezing your nails off from trying to use those fingerless gloves. For $40 --The North Face ETIP glove.



More sporty looking than you want? Try Ecko Touch gloves, the more fashionable version for men or women. You can go right to the ECHO site (featured here last year) to get these for $30 or pay about $6 more and get more choices of styles and color at Zappos.com


TIP: Be sure the word Touch is in the description, or look for the little pads on the thumb and forefingers of the gloves...