Rainy Day Blog

Make Museware Your Wedding Essential!

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It is no secret that it's wedding season on the Vineyard. We pride ourselves on having a unique array of products, from island made to just fun and thoughtful, so that you can feel confident about your wedding gift. A lasting favorite has been Museware!

Museware Pottery started on the shoulders of Sheree Burlington, who has been a professional designer since 1985. In 1998 she strolled into a paint your own pottery shop and was absolutely inspired. Six months later she started her design business.

The pottery is still entirely handmade, and works on a basic concept. There is a layout that Museware has already created, and the rest is up to you! Names, dates, personal touches are all a part of the deal, and make each Museware Pottery piece unique.

We're happy to be carrying and ordering for our customers Museware's new Sketchbook Collection.

Each piece contains a beautiful, hand drawn design, rendered into a black and white background. The products range from fantastic wedding and anniversary platters to baby and family inspired frames.

Give a one of a kind gift this year, whether it be for a new baby, wedding, or anniversary. Feel free to stop by the store or give us a call to help you out!

Tags: museware, one of a kind, rainy day, shop local, thoughtful, wedding

Southern Yankee

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This week we were able to talk personally with the fabulously talented Jennifer of Southern Yankee. You will recognize her unique, one of a kind design from window displays, our infant section, and throughout our store. No two Southern Yankee designs are alike, and they are all small batch, US made!

Jennifer has been sewing for as long as she can remember. Texas born, with a degree in fashion design, She moved to NYC to work in the industry. After seeing a beautiful baby's blanket made entirely from vintage handkerchieves, Jennifer knew her future.

Jennifer sources her materials from flea markets, vintage stores, and ebay. Friends and family send her boxes of vintage fabric that they have no use for, but cannot bear to throw away.

No two Southern Yankee pieces are alike, and the fabric is ever changing. Jennifer uses a US made cotton body suit as the base, and her imagination does the rest!

"The vintage handkerchiefs really speak to you, it is fun to hear people's reasons for why they pick the dress they do... maybe it's the color, or the pattern on the hankie, but there is something that speaks up." Says Jennifer about her designs. 

If you are looking for a one of a kind, US made, really special new baby gift, check out what we have in stock from Southern Yankee! Find the piece that speaks to you.

All photos by Andrea Topalian of Moments by Andrea

Tags: baby, blog, local, made in the usa, made in usa, newborn, one of a kind, onesies, rainy day, shop local, southern yankee, thoughtful, us made

Light Up Your Life: Vance Kitira

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The days are getting shorter, although the weather is still nice and warm. It is the perfect time of year to sit on the porch, light candles as the sun sets, and reflect on the beautiful summer you had.

We're happy we carry Vance Kitira candles just for this time of year.

Founded in 1993 by a forester, Vance Kitira, these candles reflect both aesthetics drawn from Kitira's native Thailand and his fascination with the simplicity of nature. 

The Vance line comes in all shapes, sizes, and inspires whimsy with it's pear and seashell themes. Many of the candles are almost too cute to light! (We're thinking of the palm sized pears here!)

Where there is a candle, there is also a candle holder, and we have created countless ways to display the Vance Kitira pieces. Stop by the shop, check out these hand poured, cotton and wax candles. 

See if you can find the Vance candles hidden throughout the shop - we challenge you to spot them all!

 

Tags: candle, candles, illuminate, lights, rainy day, shop local, vance kitira

A Feather in Your Cap and a Sliver of the Seaside

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It's that time of year in New England. The weather vacillates between unbearably hot and torrentially pouring. While there is always a chance to hit the beach when our notoriously fickle weather gods decide to grant us a little bearable sunshine, we've hit the "duck and cover" end of summer.

It's a fine coincidence that a gift shop is almost always the idea place to pop out of the rain or heat and get a little something for someone you hold dear. We'd like to introduce you to two of our favorite collections of jewelry that are quite perfect when you are weathering the... well... weather.

Lucky Feather

  

Lucky Feather is fun and funky, totally perfect for kids and adults. Not only are the designs to die for, but they might just bring a little luck - exactly what you need going into a new school year or entering a new job. 

We have lots of their products - necklaces, charms, earrings - the whole nine yards. They are easy to pack and a great surprise for your best friend, child recently gone to school, or a close loved one.

Dune Jewelry

 

We love Dune for a totally different reason. Sure, they're still wonderfully cute and simple fashion statements. However, each Dune piece is filled with sand collected here, on the island. When you look at a particular necklace or earring you will notice that the beach where the sand was found is clearly labeled. 

Maybe a friend or relative couldn't come with you, but has loved the island ever since they were young. Perhaps you know a former islander gone to school or moved away who would appreciate taking a piece with them. Or maybe you just want to have a little keepsake for yourself!

We hope you stop by the shop during the dog days of summer. This is just a dip in our extensive, unique collection of jewelry!

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Product Profile: Curly Girl!

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Have you ever had a day where a thoughtful card or a chocolate bar might just make everything a little bit better? We've had those days. Even when you are feeling on top of the world, there's nothing that feels quite so much like a nice pat on the back. 

Maybe that's why we love Curly Girl Designs.

Curly Girl is cute. Curly Girl is endearing. Curly Girl says the things we can't figure out how to say, with a light, off the cuff eloquence. 


Whether you are congratulating or sending condolences, we're happy that we can offer Curly Girl's cards and chocolate bars. Designed somewhat locally (Boston!) by a lovely lady named Leigh, who not only creates all the beautiful artwork and witty writing featured throughout her products, but owns her own little shop AND manages to find time to write a blog. Oh, and she's raising twins.

Leigh may be a superhero; we're still investigating. 

We hope next time you visit you find yourself inspired to walk away with a little piece of Curly Girl. It can never hurt to stock up on whimsy, now can it? Make someone's day a little bit better.

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