Archive for January, 2010


photo by Jill Valle

We love to support new and emerging talent, and fellow small businesses as well so today I am announcing an OPEN CALL for all designers/artists/creators  to come to the shop and show us their goods. If you are a new biz, or have a great idea for a product- or are already selling something special, please come by this Thursday January 28th from 6-7pm to show us what you have! We would love to see what you’ve got to offer and try to fit it into our little shop’s assortment. So many times I have seen something new that I fall in love with,  only to spend hours tracking it down and then realize its one of our neighbors! I know there is so much great talent out there and we would love to support your cause. If you have any questions feel free to email me or call us at the shop at 718.522.9848. These open calls will be help the last Thursday of every month from 6- 7pm. Hope to see you then!


Our Valentine’s are hand picked with LOVE…. and info on our 2nd Annual Make Your Own Valentine’s Party – Saturday February 6th 10-11am

It’s official, our Valentine’s ROCK!! I am so excited for all our cute & clever Valentine’s which we are putting out at the shop. I showed you a few treats yesterday, here are some highlights of our CARDS. All are printe on recycled paper by small presses and start at $3.75. Online and out-of -towners, if you see something you NEED please email me at the shop at and we can send it out for you!

These Typewriter cards are a set of 6 f0r $11.50 (all different quotes, a few typeovers/o’s– all wonderful).

GET THEM QUICK!! Every year it’s the same old thing- people looking for cute and clever Valentine’s at the last minute, stock up early for the best selection and let your sweetheart (or BFF or child) let them know you love them! xoxoxoxo

ALSO- PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR SECOND ANNUAL MAKE YOUR OWN VALENTINE’S PARTY. If you’re in the ‘hood please come by Saturday  February 6th from 10-11am for lots of fun treasures to MAKE YOUR OWN VALENTINE’S with– you know what I’m talking about- pom poms, GLITTER, doily’s, all that good stuff! Hot chocolate and home made treats too. Lots of fun for ALL ages! (like I wrote last year- why should the kids have all the fun!?!). See you there. B.Y.O.S. (Bring your own Scissors please).


We are putting out the Valentine’s treats and treasures today so come by and take a look, or check it out online here. A few highlights, these clever andhilarious Chinese Fortune cards, with the words IN BED printed on them. They are all different (just like Chinese Fortune Cookies) but all will make you- and the receipient- smile, In Bed cards– $4.95 with envelope.

Next up is My Puny Valentine’s, 15 (3 of each of 5 different designs, all shown above) notes to share with kids at school, co- workers, your secret crush at the gym (not sure where that came from?) , WHOMEVER… $12.50.

Here is another treasure, a new release Pop Up called Everyone Says I Love You— with Pop ups of landmarks from around the world and how to say I love you (phonetically and all!) in each of the languages. Soo cute and a fun find for $12.95.

Or give someone the Key to your heart (laser cut from recycled book covers)– precious indeed. $6.75.

Show them They’re a KEEPER with this (solid Milk) chocolate fish! $6.

TONS MORE IN STORE AND ONLINE! Quantities limited!

Check us out on Daily Candy Everywhere TODAY (and Gluhwein recipe to keep you warm!)

Sooo excited, today our Predator vs. Prey Mittens are on Daily Candy Everywhere in ShopTalk: 17 Ways to Make a Break for It.YEAH!!

While your stocking up on things to keep away the chill, here’s a great recipe to WARM YOU UP!

Glühwein (Mulled Wine)

(recipe from The Advantageous Adapter, via

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
10-20 whole cloves
1 orange
1 lemon
1 bottle red wine (We use Red Rose)

In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Cut the orange and lemon in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Put the covers in a metal tea ball and place it and the citrus peels in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy. Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the the cinnimon, the tea ball and the citrus halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water. NOTE: Cold glasses will break.

Great Apres Ski which is when I always had it! Also ideal for afternoons spent cleaning the house, pairs well with Fondue, really any cold day or night! Have fun!

Happy MLK, JR. Day & New York Magazine: 50 Steps to Simple Happiness…

Illustration by Jim Stoten via

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Everyone.  In high school a dear friend (Jeff Fletcher was his name, wherever you are-Fletch I miss you!) gave me a book of his teachings and quotes and all these many years later I still treasure that book and MLK, Jr’s words. I took a tour of his Birthplace and home when I lived (briefly in Atlanta) too, but what sticks with me day in and day out is one of his quotes that really resinates with me- Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Of course he said so many prophetic and profound things in his lifetime, and was a champion for Equal rights but when I am in a challenging situation (hello, LIFE!) I always remember that and think start with the faith, and then take it one step at a time and I will see this through to the end. My man Rob reminds me of this whenever I start to feel defeated. This morning, over a delicious breakfast he whipped up, Rob also showed me this wonderful article in last week’s New York Magazine (the one with the Edwards’ on the cover) titled, 50 Steps to Simple Happiness. #4 caught our attention first, but they are all worth reading. See which ones work for you and  I hope it helps you find HAPPINESS.  Let me know if you have any to add!

Goodies + Gags= Good Times

Need a little lift on this Rainy day?? Check out the newly added a new section of our website, GOODIES AND GAGS! Lots of fun stuff all in one easy to access tab- from the Letterpress  Cootie Catcher Fortune Teller, above, $8.95 to Magic 8 Balls, Whoopie Cushions and Spy Glasses . There are TONS of laughs and good times to be had on the site including these new gems I just added too-

Blues Harmonica, $5.95-
always fun to have in your pocket for easy entertaining

Rememer Jacks?? Learn how to play them all over again! Jacks, $5.50

More ways to CLEAN UP, with our new dishtowels….

How cute are these new dishtowels? VERY! Spoiled Rotten? With 3 Pears? C’mon, that’s clever! Fun and functional at its finest. These lovely dishtowels are made from 100% cotton, 20″ x 28″,  hand woven in India by Fabinda, supporters of rural employment in India since 1960. Graphics are screen printed in Boston using water-based, non toxic inks.  But wait- there’s MORE…

Fast Food! Love it!

Celebrate Eat(ing) Local

And love this one too, Hot Mama! I brought it to dinner the other night when my friend Ellen (mother of 3) made me a yummy meal!

Each dishtowel is $10.95. More dishtowels here.  Stock up (and share) now!

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