My latest children’s gift: organic cotton onesies and toddler T’s with the Yiddish word zisele, meaning “little sweetie” written on it. The shirt with a Yiddish lesson embedded in it! Put the best, kindest cloth next to your baby’s skin. Now you can give one to the toddler in the family, too, to be included in the love that comes with this shirt
Sizes: Onesies come in newborn, 6 mo., 12 mo., 18 mo., T-shirts are sized in 2T, 3T, 4T, 5/6. Cost: $25 for one shirt, $3 shipping. $25 each for 2 or more shirts with free shipping. 10% DISCOUNT THROUGH THANKSGIVING FOR ANYTHING FROM MY WEBSITE OR BLOG. Call me at 413-624-3204 to order.
The shirt was screen-printed locally by Moonlight Designs in Greenfield MA.
The lettering was inspired by hearing a podcast interview with the designer Louise Fili, then perusing her books showing the signage and label lettering from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods in Europe that inspire her work.
Here are more items from our gallery.
New this year: four magnet designs: Earth Hamsa, Garden Hamsa,the Bridge of Flowers of Shelburne Falls from a colored pencil drawing, and the Shelburne Falls trolley, photo by Joe Kurland. $2.00 each.
The Shelburne Falls drawing can be seen behind the magnets on a card, $7.00, framed baby amulet behind that, hamsa hanging on the right.
Shown here, two of four inspirational, motivational quotations. Available on cards, $7.00 each, or as a giclée print, 13.25 x 8.25,” in an acetate envlope.
Peggy H. Davis Calligraphy will be showing and selling work along with other Crafts of Colrain artists at this Summer Fair. It’s a great chance for an outing that combines art with local fruits and vegetables. The farmstand sells prepared food as well.
I will offer this collaborative work, Vegetable Seasonings, made with Audrey Arner, at the Summer Fair, combining the art and vegetables that will be for sale that weekend! Giclée print, framed, $50.
I designed a series of recognition awards with English and Hebrew texts for Denise Hametz, of Adir Gallery. Theses are ordered by congregations and organizations to honor volunteers, officers, donors and others with a meaningful gift. Shown here is one of the awards, which is personalized with text added on either side of the tree trunk. Contact Denise for more information, (732) 572-6393.
Gift cards seem like they’d be a great solution to the problem of what to buy a bar or bat mitzvah child. On the surface, such cards seem to be a very personal gift. If you want to buy the person a book, but don’t know what she or he would like, you buy a card from a national chain, right? They buy a book, it is a gift from you. However, it turns out that there are problems that can arise with gift cards.
Throughout the year, I meet with invitation clients planning a bar or bat mitzvah, and have planned them myself, as well, so I’ve heard many tales of gift woes.
Here are some of the problems that have cropped up with gift cards. Most important, beware that some cards do not maintain their value. They are set to decrease in value with time since purchase or activation. Hidden fees and actual decreases may be part of the card agreement you enter into on its purchase. That’s the worst.
But there are other problems, as well. In my case, I found that it wasn’t so easy to have the correct card/gift certificate in the purse or pocket when I found myself in a store. Also, consider whether the person lives near the store the card is from. Even a small, local place could be a problem: the card might have an inconvenient expiration date or the store might go out of business before the person gets to the store with the gift card in hand.
There is also the chance that the store won’t have anything the person wants. I remember once receiving a card for a major national toy store chain. Finally getting to the store, I was dismayed at the quality of the toys, didn’t findanything to buy and eventually gave the gift card to a charity.
While a check might seem less personal, it isn’t so bad to give a check or cash if you don’t have a physical gift to give. It gives the recipient much more flexibility and increases the chance that the money will be spent on something of long-term value.