Archive for August, 2007

A Sports Award and Photo Mug For Two Special Tennis Coaches

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

One rainy afternoon this past May, 2007, a kid who I assume to be at about age 17, not only came in wearing sweat pant shorts, but he was sweating profusely as he entered. It didn’t help that outside it was raining. I thought he was in the middle of a work out and he needed to wind down for a minute inside a place with air conditioning. Our shop is renowned for being freezing cold at all times, even at the highest temperatures of summer. The down-to-the-pores soaking wet look couldn’t mistakingly be taken for water. It was sweat indeed. Are you in some kind of trouble? I asked him. He said he’d come to our shop looking for a way to get a tennis award plaque that looked similar to his one:

“We routinely make , very much like this one you brought,” I told him. The transfer process we use here in our shop is called sublimation and it involves a large hot iron press.” All you need to do is bring us a disk with your photo files, and we will be able to transfer those images onto identical plaques just like the one you brought today. We are almost exclusively an internet shop”. I explained. “You could email the files to us if you want, but may I remind you that we do welcome walk-ins like you as well. Go ahead and bring the media to us. Your files could be raster or vector. We can handle both formats well just the same. On a rainy day like this, you would be better sending us the files, though.”

With a grin on his face, he left and came back seconds afterwards (more…)

Back to School

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

With the start of the new school year, many parents and students are trying to get back into the early morning “back-to-school” routine. We can’t forget to mention that we are already worn out from the pre-school preparation purchases. As a mother of an 8-yr old boy and a pre-teen girl (11 year old), you can imagine all the purchases I’ve had to made, clothes and shoe shopping are the biggest and the hardest because I can no longer choose what I like. Now as Labor Day weekend approaches, I should say it feels like New Year’s to me, the last day to sleep in…ahhhhh. After that, a whole New Year begins, only this one is called “School Year.” There are many Sunday nights I don’t even get to sleep due to Monday morning anxiety… Are my kids’ clothes ready? What do I prepare them for lunch? For God’s sakes! What are they having for breakfast?… But of course all the effort is worth it the minute they give me my “see you in the afternoon” kiss…They truly make me feel like a million bucks! When I go home or I’m back at the office, and look at their cute faces on all my personalized family photo frames, my day immediately feels blissful. One of my favorite frames shows each of them on a cute first-school-day motif.

Now, there are other worries that come into our heads, such as the new teacher, and the friends our kids will have to make, rearranging our schedule to fit all of their after school activities, is daunting at times to think that at a such age our children (more…)

Cutting the Cake – Personalized Cake Knife and Server Sets

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Cake serving sets are great gift ideas for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and many other special occasions and celebrations.

One of the traditions at a wedding is the cake cutting ceremony. Wedding cakes today range from simple white cakes to extravagant multi-tiered cakes. No matter what kind of cake is present at the wedding reception, one thing is always certain. The bride and groom have to cut the cake and they will most likely need something to cut it with.

A great way for the newly married couple to cut the first piece of cake together is with a beautiful cake serving set. Either gold or silver serving sets are well suited for a wedding. A heart shaped server set can symbolize the love of the new couple. Not only will a cake serving set look elegant, but it is a gift that can be kept forever and used over and over again for years to come.

Anniversaries will be an especially great time for the couple to reuse their special set. Some couples choose to follow the custom of saving the top tier of their wedding cake to enjoy together on their first wedding anniversary. Imagine how a newlywed couple could look back and remember their wedding day and use their personalized cake server set on their first anniversary.

Saving a part of the wedding cake for a year may not be the most practical tradition. It probably tastes how you would imagine a one year old cake to taste. You can try to wrap it up as best you can and freeze it, or instead, you could order a small cake that is similar to your wedding cake and have it ready on your first anniversary. This way you can still celebrate this tradition and have a delicious, fresh cake to enjoy.

imageCutting the cake is typically followed by the bride feeding a piece of cake to the groom and the groom to the bride. Some couples may even go as far as smashing the cake in each other’s faces. After spending all that time and money on the perfect dress, your hair, and makeup, would you really want to have cake smashed in your face? I can’t say that I would want it to happen to me, but I think it might be funny to see at someone else’s wedding. Some people may even see this as disrespectful, since the bride and groom feeding each other a piece of their wedding cake is a symbol of the love and respect a couple has for each other. It all depends on the couple and what they decide is right for them.

Baby’s First Christmas

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Celebrating Christmas with a new baby is an exciting time. A child will have only one first Christmas. It is a perfect time to start new traditions that include your new little boy or little girl. You can start a baby book or scrapbook for your child and include mementos in it like pictures, pieces of wrapping paper, Christmas cards, and other important holiday keepsakes.

You can also buy an ornament to celebrate this once in a lifetime occasion. A personalized ornament for a baby’s first Christmas is a great gift for any new baby. This special ornament can start a new Christmas tradition of the child placing his or her ornament on the tree each year. A child will look forward to this tradition every year.

Another wonderful gift for a baby’s first Christmas is a personalized frame. This frame can be kept and enjoyed for years to come. It can be filled with an adorable photo of baby all by himself or herself, or with a photo of the entire family celebrating this special occasion.

When decorating your home for the holidays, keep baby in mind. Place any tiny decorations or ones with sharp edges well out of reach of your little one’s hands. Another option to be safe is to use only soft, baby friendly decorations. Also keep these ideas in mind if you have pets. A holiday accident is probably not the way you or your child would like to spend Christmas.

Babies won’t remember their first Christmas, so it’s important to keep things simple and just let them enjoy their surroundings and the time that is spent with their family. Don’t be surprised if your baby has more interest in the wrapping paper or empty boxes than in any actual gifts. This is a good reason to not go overboard with presents for babies and young children. Once they are older, a personal gift will turn into a cherished keepsake that can be enjoyed year after year.