Happy Holidays from Pretty in Gingham

We’ll be taking a break from the blog for the rest of the year to enjoy the holidays to the fullest with our family and friends.  We would like to take this time to thank all of you for your support this past year and we can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store!

Happy Holidays from Pretty in Gingham (and our dog, Allie)!

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Introducing our brand new tote bags

Just in time for the holidays, we are super excited to share our brand new Pretty in Gingham tote bags!

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These canvas bags are fully lined with our signature gingham and feature a large front pocket perfect for storing all of your daily essentials like your keys and phone.

These bags are the perfect size to transport your lunch to and from work, to carry library books after a trip to the library with your little ones or to stash an extra jacket or scarf for those chilly winter evenings.  They also make perfect Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers!  Pair one of our totes with a bottle of wine, pair of cozy pajamas or a favorite book and you have an instant holiday gift!

For those of you who are not fans of canvas or who are looking for something a little smaller that might be better suited for a child, our Pretty in Gingham totes also come in a fun fully-lined fabric option.

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As with all of our products, our tote bags can be customized with the fabric style and color of your choice.  Email us at prettyingingham@gmail.com with any questions!  Now is the perfect time to place your special orders to ensure they are received in plenty of time before the holidays!

 

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Kitchen time with kiddos

The holidays are especially fun and festive whenever there are kiddos around to celebrate with.  Christmas just seems to become that much more exciting and meaningful when there are little ones around to enjoy this special time of year with.

One of my favorite holiday activities to do with my kids when they were little was to bake some delicious Christmas cookies together.  The kids would have a blast helping me measure and decorate and would wait eagerly for a chance to sample the delicious product they had helped to make.  Even though the kitchen (and the kids) would look like a disaster zone when we were through, it was such a fun bonding experience.

When preparing to cook or bake with your kiddos (or grandkiddos or nieces and nephews) both this holiday season and the rest of the year, outfit them in one of our Pretty in Gingham aprons.  Not only will the kids be excited to dress up in an adorable apron just like yours, you’ll protect their clothes as well.  The kitchen may still end up a mess but their outfits definitely won’t!

 

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Get your holiday shopping done without stressing out!

I have to admit that I’m one of those crazy people who starts cranking the Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over (and honestly, sometimes even before that).  My mom, on the other hand, refuses to listen to anything Christmas related until after Thanksgiving has come and gone.

I also have to admit that I’m one of those people who typically starts her Christmas shopping long before it’s socially acceptable to do so and long before the first store starts stocking the Christmas items and decorations, which seems to be getting earlier and earlier every year.

The reason why I tend to get into the holiday spirit so far in advance is because I enjoy purchasing my Christmas gifts from independent crafters as often as possible and I love to plan far enough in advance to make sure that these extra special items arrive on time.  I love the idea of gifting loved ones with an item that has been handmade and oozes love, attention and care.  I feel like this makes the gift so much more meaningful.  I also despise the idea of battling the crowds at the malls during the holidays so anything that can be done online automatically makes me a happy camper.

All of our Pretty in Gingham items are available for special order this holiday season.  Our full and half aprons, dish towels, potholders and KoolNeck bands make perfect gifts for all of the special people in your life.

Pair an apron and dish towel with some adorable new cooking utensils for the gourmet chef in your life.

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Or wrap up a few dish towels with a delicious bottle of wine to create the perfect hostess gift.

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Create a matching set of dish towels and pot holders to help brighten up any kitchen.

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Or create a beautiful spa gift basket to promote relaxation and stress relief.

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And while you’re at it, why not send some delicious homemade muffins and an adorable matching dish towel to the wonderful neighbors who put up with you 365 days a year.

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The options are endless and we would be happy to help you customize an order including your choice of color and fabric design.  Send us an email at prettyingingham@gmail.com.  We would love to help make your holiday shopping as easy and stress free as it can possibly be!   The best part is that you don’t even need to leave the house!

Happy Holidays!

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Support Small Business Saturday!

As crafters, we’re big believers in and supporters of small businesses.  While we admit that we do find joy in perusing the aisles of Target with a bag of salty, buttery popcorn in hand, we have so much respect and admiration for all of the small businesses who are turning out the most amazing products from delicious food and drinks to jewelry, paper crafts, and art.

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As you make your plans to tackle the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, don’t forget to support small businesses on Small Business Saturday!

Happy shopping!

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Gratitude

This Thanksgiving, we would like to take the time to express our deepest appreciation to those of you who take time from your busy schedules to hang out with us here on our blog and to everyone who has supported Pretty in Gingham.  We are truly thankful for all of you!

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It has been so much fun to share our creations and to challenge ourselves to come up with new ways we can improve upon our products.  We have some really exciting plans and ideas for the upcoming year and can’t wait to share them with all of you.

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We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.  And don’t forget to support small businesses on Small Business Saturday!


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Fall is in the air

Living in Southern California for all of my life, I’ve never really been exposed to four different distinct seasons the way those in other parts of the country are.  To Southern Californians, the only real difference between fall and summer is that the evenings cool down enough to open up the windows and let in a blast of cool, crisp air.  Even though we’ve had still had to turn the air conditioning on a few times in the past few weeks, the nights have cooled down dramatically and we’ve even taken to wearing light sweaters when taking our puppy out for a walk.  To us, that means that fall is definitely in the air!

And now that Halloween has come and gone, I can’t wait for Thanksgiving and all of the yummy goodies that come along with this most indulgent of holidays.

This apron in particular reminds me a great deal of fall, Thanksgiving and the fun family time we have to look forward to during the holidays.  There’s  something about the color combination of warm golden orange paired with pops of bright crimson and calming olive green that brings to mind the beautiful color of leaves that are falling from trees around this time and warm, delicious comfort food shared with loved ones.

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Hoping you are all enjoying this time of year as much as I am!

 

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