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Happiness is a warm blanket

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Close your eyes.  Ok, well close them metaphorically because otherwise you couldn’t keep reading.  Can you feel it?

Ever since Linus exclaimed “My blanket…I can’t be without it!” (and probably even before that), the blanket has been a source of inexplicable comfort.  We reach for them during cold nights (or scary movies), we swaddle little ones as they sleep and, if we’re a toddler, we cling to them and drag them everywhere we go out of security, their surfaces becoming dirty and worn but somehow never diminishing in value.

We received an email from a customer not so long ago who had purchased one of our personalized Royal Plush blankets for her daughter and it was too cute not to share.

“I wanted to take a minute to let you know how much my daughter loved her blanket.  From the second she unwrapped it we couldn’t get it out of her hands.  She is now insisting that it goes everywhere with her and proudly states “Becca’s blanket!” to anyone who will listen.  I know eventually I’ll have to sneak it away from her to wash it, but for the time being I’m perfectly happy watching her drag it through the house or curl up with it in bed.  So thank you – you’ve made a little girl very happy!”

I’m not going lie to you…I’m curled up in one of these blankets as I write this, and honestly I could stay like this all day.  What is it about a blanket that makes everything seem OK?  I can’t say that I know for sure…so I should probably keep snuggling in it until I figure it out.

We here at Things Engraved are happy to offer warmth and snuggles to our customers all winter long.

Housewarming Gift Ideas

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As someone who is currently packing up and moving into a new home – I’ve got to admit, I have housewarming gifts on my mind.

I also have a cousin who just moved into his new place, and I had no idea what to buy him for his housewarming party. I initially thought I would have to get something that matched his house décor, but I had no idea what his style was. I wanted to see his new place before I could decide on a gift for him. I didn’t want to get him something that wouldn’t look good in his space, or something that he already had.

Today I realized, a housewarming gift doesn’t have to be so complicated! There are so many generic gifts you can get someone that will work for any type of person. Even if they already have it, this list of ideas will still work:

Tools: Create a DIY large mason jar full of useful tools: measuring tape, a level, extension cord, screwdriver, hammer, screws, etc. You can never have too many of these.

Personalized key chain: They’re getting new keys – so why not make it extra special by giving them a personalized key chain. Include their name, a letter, or a symbol that represents something they like. There are so many options, and you can’t go wrong with a key chain.

Drinking glasses or mugs: Anything from shot glasses, to wine glasses, steins, mugs, or whatever else. If you know what they like to drink, aim to get a glass or mug that suits their lifestyle. For example, if they love coffee or tea, go for a personalized mug.

Bottle opener: This will come in handy for any household. There are many styles of bottle openers. Choose one that you think goes with their personal likes.

Cutting board: This is another item that you can’t go wrong with. Spice it up a bit, get one that’s personalized with a special message on it.

This is just a short list of many great ideas for a housewarming gift, but perhaps it’s inspired you to think of more. Let us know what other ideas you have, or tell us what you have gifted to your family or friends for their housewarming party.

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Need a gift for a houswarming party? Here are some great ideas. To purchase, visit our website or find it in a store near you.

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House Keychain

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Set of 4 Steins with Monogram Included

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DIY Christmas Decorations

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been starting to feel the spirit of Christmas. The malls and stores have begun playing Christmas music, grocery stores have all kinds of displays with festive cookies and other treats, flurries of snow have made an appearance (unless it’s already a winter wonderland where you live), some homes have their Christmas lights up, and so much more.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of Christmas being so close. If you haven’t felt it yet, I have lots of ideas that will get you in the mood for the season, and it starts with decorating your own home with some fun DIY Christmas décor.

Here are a couple of ideas for Christmas decorations that you can make yourself:

Christmas Wreaths: There are so many types of wreaths you can make for the season. Just about any craft store or super store will sell the items that you need to create your own. If you’re on a tight budget and get there before they sell out – Dollar Stores also have lots of crafty things to make wreaths! You can use a green wreath and hot glue tiny or regular size ornaments to it in your favourite Christmas colours. You can also add pine cones to it. Fill it up as much as you can, leaving only the green showing on the edges of the wreath and the edges of the center, with just a few branches peeking out from in between. Don’t forget a bow at the bottom to add a punch of colour!

If you’re more of a shabby-chic type person, you can also make a burlap wreath. There are videos to show you how to make these with either a clothes hanger or a wire frame. Once they’re covered in your choice of burlap, you can add large flowers or Christmas ornaments to part of it, such as the bottom or offset to the bottom-left side. Add a large ribbon bow to the top of it to match the other items that you chose.

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Festive Mason Jars: These are super cute for center pieces or for your hall table. Start with any mason jar and add some Epson salt to it, about 2 inches or so – this is your snow. Add a tiny Christmas tree, reindeer, or basically anything small from your Christmas village. Put the lid back on and tie a festive ribbon around it with a bow. Pretty simple, right?

Instead of a snowy scene, you can add a couple acorns to your jar to fill the bottom layer, then add some pinecones (they look even better with the tips painted white), and to top it off – add some coloured, glittery sprigs to give it some height. You can also finish it off by tying ribbon of your choice around the top of the jar.

What other Christmas décor do you like to create yourself? We would love to hear your crafty ideas.

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