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How to be the best gift giver

Giving a thoughtful gift is fun, but it also takes some planning, and let’s face it, your busy, and all too often you plan to shop ahead of time, and then you realize that the wedding, shower, graduation, is one day away and you haven’t bought anything.

Growing up my grandmother always had a drawer in her house that was filled with gifts, it was one of my favorite places to snoop. I”m assuming that it also made her life easier, as she always had gifts on hand, I’ve started doing the same thing , and it’s made both shopping and gift giving much more fun. I”m no longer running out to grab gifts last minute, and I want to make your life and gift giving easier as well.

 

I”ve put together a special package deal for you, to help make your gift giving easier this year. Here’s what it includes.

1. Silk Scarf

Audrey Hepburn once said, ‘When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.’

This is the perfect scarf to throw in your bag for all of your summer adventures. 

Wrap it around your neck when there’s a cool breeze. 

Add it to any outfit and look like you just stepped out of a Parisian photo shot. 

Wear it as a head scarf, and turn your bad hair day around in seconds. 

The scarf is a digital print created from one of my paintings. This scarf is small and light weight, making it a perfect accessory to add a pop of  color, cover up the coffee that you spilled on your shirt on the way to work, and to make you feel beautiful, even when your just in jeans and t-shirt.

Two of the black and White Abstract dreams pillows, size 16″x16″

And one Handwoven cotton scarf.

Worth $359.00, but if you snag the package deal it’s only $279. But don’t wait, because there is only 1. Click the link below to make the package yours.

Click to grab this deal

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Confession: You want to feel more than comfortable

I wore a pink dress to work today, if you know me, you know that’s odd.

 

I’m usually a black, blacker, with maybe some light black kind of dresser.

 

When I get dressed in the morning, I’m all about feeling powerful, comfortable, and sexy, ( but not too sexy because I do teach teenagers)

 

This morning, when I looked in the mirror, I knew that it wasn’t something that I would usually wear, but it made me feel powerful, comfortable, and sexy, so I decided to go for it, and headed out the door in my pink dress.

 

And believe me, that pink dress got comments. People noticed that it was out of my norm, but I didn’t care.

 

My point is, when you get dressed in the morning, you need to get dressed for you. You need to get dressed so that you feel how you need to feel in order to get the job done. Yes, we all want to feel comfortable ( I think that’s a given) , but we want more than comfort when we walk out the door.

 

Hit reply and let me know how you want your clothes to make you feel . Even better, let me know what one thing in your closet always makes you feel that way.

PS: sorry no photo. While I tried to do my daily lunges, crunches and pushups with the dress on ( I’m not making this up, I hate changing clothes, and I really did try), but the lunges just weren’t working.

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How to wear a headscarf

Not sure how to tame frizzy hair? I wasn’t either, until I discovered wearing headscarves. No more bad hair days!

Like the scarves that you saw in the video? Click the image below.

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red head scarf

 

Headscarves found in Art History

Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is a tronie of a girl with a headscarf and a pearl earring. The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is a tronie of a girl with a headscarf and a pearl earring. The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.

Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is a tronie of a girl with a headscarf and a pearl earring. The painting has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902.

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Seeking Intern

MANHATTAN (13)

I’m looking for Interns for a 3-4 month period, starting mid June.

The Details

Location: Lancaster PA
Compensation: Unpaid internship
Hours/Expectations: 5-10 hours per week {flexible}
Duration: Mid June- Aug ( flexible)

Use your skills

The internship will be catered to your skill set, and how your talents best fit into my business.
Photographer: to assist in taking product shots, and doing some photo shots. This is a great opportunity for you to build your portfolio.
Textile designer: Are you interested in textile design? You’ll be able to help with the weaving, finishing of products and try your hand at some digitally printed fabric design.
PR/ Marketing : You’ll help with PR outreach and social media marketing.

THE APPLICATION

Please send an email with the title of the position you’re applying for (Internship) to amberkane1314@hotmail.com answering these three questions. 1) What is your background and experience in this area? 2) Why do you want this position? 3) What are your other time commitments this summer and what are the days/hours you will be available?
Please Include: Links to your website, blog, social media profiles
Application Deadline: ASAP, position will remain open until filled

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Gift Guide for Graduates

It’s the time of year when you’re going to graduation parties and while you can always throw a check in a card, try something new this year.

Give a silk scarf. It serves as a perfect transition piece, to take their college wardrobe to professional.

 

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Treat them to a statement pillow that will transform that apartment. They’ll be thrilled to add some decor that is new, and not something they found a thrift store.

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Or, if the grad is headed to the classroom, get them a copy of the Teacher Reflection Journal.

GET YOUR COPY

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Archtecture design tips: pillow pit

decorative pillow

 

As I kid I thought that I wanted to take gymnastics, it lasted for about a year, the only thing that I liked about it was the giant sponge pit. My memory of the sponge was that, it was like an indoor swimming pool filled with giant sponges. It was hard ( really it still is )  for me to understand why gymnastics was the only place that housed a sponge/ pillow pit. It was so much fun to play in, and I can only imagine how much fun it would be to sit/sleep in as well.

I’m no architect or engineer, but I can’t wrap my head around why the concept if a pillow pit hasn’t taken house design by storm.

 

I”m going to attempt to explain to you want an in home pillow pit would like like, however, my husband, and my students, often tell me that they don’t understand how my mind works, and often don’t seem to quiet grasp my vision.

Here’s how it would work, the pillow pit would be built into the floor.  ( basically imagine , building an in ground pool in your home) The floor would be created like a pocket door, so when not in use,  you could slide the floor back in place, hiding the pillow pit, and turning your floor, back into , just a floor.

decorative pillow

 

I’m crossing my fingers and hoping that you really are seeing my vision.

 

Then with the snap of a finger…. you could slide the floor open , revealing a pillow pit. The perfect place to hang out and watch Downtown Abbey, to list to the audio version of Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, or turn through the pages of Realizing Empathy.

While I’ve yet to convince my husband to add pillow pit construction to the list of home renovations, I”ve done the next best thing and started designing pillows. Because in my mind there is no such thing as too many pillows. I currently sleep with 6, making me thankful that my husband only weighs 120 pounds, causing him to require very little room in our bed.

 

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It’s time to start filling the pillow pit that you don’t have, but know that you want.

decorative pillow

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What to get your teacher for teacher appreciation week

A reflective and inspirational journal designed for teachers, filled with 108 pages of reflection prompts focusing on the teaching day day, the classroom, lessons, and teaching impact .

There is no right or wrong way to use this journal, go in order, skip pages, do some pages more than once. The prompts at the top of each page are designed to help teachers think, process and let go.

As a teacher, I’ve learned how important it is to reflect, and how hard it is to find the time and space to do so. The prompts are help you clear your mind, reflect, and to quickly get your thoughts, feelings, and funny stories down onto the page.

” Writing is the act of motion. Writing is the commitment to move forward, not to stew in our own juices, to become whatever it is that we are becoming. Writing is both the boat and the wind in the sails. Even on the days when the winds of inspiration seem slight, there is some forward motion, some progress made. ” – Julia Camera, The Artist Way

The perfect end of the year gift for the teachers in your life.

Great gift for both new and seasoned teachers. Because you’re busy, it will come wrapped and ready to give as a gift.


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What to do for Mother’s Day

For several years,  I swore off doing outdoor shows, I didn’t want to have to deal with the weather. Then last year I was convinced to brave the great doors, and as I set up in my tent in the rain and wind, I remembered why I hadn’t done an outdoor show for three years.

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I’m not sure if I had short term memory loss, or if I was pushed over the edge because one man bought 7 scarves ( no, that is not a typo), and well that made for a pretty decent show. The other thing that convinced me to do another outdoor show is that my husband discovered an awesome hummus place, they even make their own fresh pitas…… I ate there three times. Yes, I know, you’re waiting for me to tell you what the place was called, or where it’s located, these are the small details that I don’t remember . I do however remember, that it was in about 5 minutes walking distance from the PA Guild, Rittenhouse Craft show, and if you come to the show this May, and visit my booth, I’ll be sure to have figured out both the name and the location of the best hummus place on earth… at least that I’ve discovered thus far.

Can’t wait to see you… and no , I don’t share my hummus

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Show Details:

When: May 8. 9. 10th

Friday: 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

Where: Corner of 18th & Walnut St (1800 Walnut)Philadelphia, PA 19103

FREE  FOR EVERYONE

 

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