Bridal Season!

Happy Spring! Now that Spring is officially here, that means bridal season is also here! With everything going on in the world right now, I’m sure many brides have had to postpone their weddings however, they are still getting married and their wedding is still going to take place! Love is not cancelled!

Now is the perfect time to find a sweet gift for the bride in your life that might need a special surprise to let her know you are thinking about her. Below are some fabulous bridal gift ideas that will bring a smile to her face!

Bridal Ornament

An ornament is my absolute favorite gift for a bride! No matter what time of year you gift it, the bride will always think of that special time in her life while decorating her Christmas tree!

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The hanger is a fun gift that the bride can use on her wedding day! You know that picture that every bride gets of her wedding dress hanging up? Yes, that one! Help her make sure she has a beautiful hanger to hold her dress up. Pro tip: you can even get her new monogram or wedding date personalized on it for an extra special touch!image3.JPG

Hanging Accessory Bag

Lastly, help the bride stay organized with the Hanging Accessory Bag! This is perfect for keeping together her something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!

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Many more bridal gift options can be found in our website www.gowhimsey.com. Happy Spring everyone!

 

Bailey Weaver, Raleigh, NC Sales Rep

Momsplaining … MSC Style!

We’ve all heard the term “momsplaining” or have seen the hashtag on social media. Some (myself included) follow actress Kristen Bell as she tackles life through her internet series of the same name. So, as a mom of three-year-old and 18-month-old girls, I am here to momsplain some MSC items for you. Whether you are a mom, grandma, wife, sister…all these tips can help you think outside of the box for the many ways you can utilize our products!

Our Canvas Line is THE BEST for kid’s stuff. The quality has been kid tested (at least in my house)! It’s sturdy and when it gets dirty-flip it inside out and toss it in the washer-which is so convenient. The laptop case is the perfect size for coloring/reading books and (every mom’s favorite) construction paper. It can also slide in the pocket behind your seat in the car to keep kids of all ages occupied in the backseat. Use the cosmetic bag to hold all those art supplies-crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, stencils. Such a great way to keep it all in one place for the little ones to exercise their creativity!

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Diaper bags are no longer for just diapers and bottles. Use our ric rac diaper bags for the PERFECT tween overnight bag. So spacious inside for all the clothes and shoes their hearts desire! The side pockets are great for cell phones and tablets for quick access to snap pics to capture all the memories of being a teenager. Toss in one of our jewelry cubes or cases to help organize all the charging cords and ear buds!

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Hooded towels are hooded towels. There’s no magic momsplaning on this one 😊 My daughters LOVE them! They are soft and can grow with the child. Not to mention-so many adorable options! My daughters still use the ones we’ve had since the oldest was a baby. They’re a staple bath item in our household.

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep everything organized. Okay, ALL the time it’s hard to keep things organized! Let our Southern Home crunch bins help you with that! They are great for a toy bin in the living room (with the stylish patterns they come in-who will notice there are toys in there?!). Also, they are perfect to store all the essentials you might need for an overnight trip. I have used them to carry diapers, wipes, night lights, blankets, bedtime books, lovies and toys when you are home away from home. It holds it all! Just pack it and toss it in the car.

Not just as a mom, but as a parent, we’re always looking for extra tips and tricks of the trade, so I hope this helps you get creative with the uses for some of our items. Let us see how YOU momsplain some other MSC products! Make sure to tag us on Social media so we can share!

Julie Marshall

Customer Service

Road Trip!

My family LOVES to travel! We are all wanderlusters at heart and always look forward to our next adventure. As the mom of three teenagers, who always want to take almost everything they own with them, and the wife of an outdoorsman who is always packing hunting and fishing gear- I feel like we look like the Clampetts heading out of town! So whether we are heading to a fun city, the beach, the mountains, or on one of our many road trips to visit family in Tennessee…we take a lot of stuff with us.

Being organized for a trip is essential to a successful and stress-free family vacation (well, is there such a thing?!) and I have learned to pack our suitcases and other gear in the back of my Suburban like a masterful game of Tetris. As long as you have good travel and accessory bags that fit well inside your suitcases and stack well in the trunk of your car, the back of your SUV, or your car topper-you can easily fit it all!

The key to organizing for a family road trip is making sure you have all the necessary travel accessories for your suitcases and duffle bags. Our bins and tote bags are great for the miscellaneous stuff that can be used for packing as well as organizing for just a day excursion.

 

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Putting dresses and blouses, or dress shirts and ties, in garment bags help to keep nicer outfits fresh and wrinkle free! Our selection of garment bags are perfect for all family members.

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And don’t forget, everyone needs their own laundry bag for their dirty clothes! Our laundry bags come many styles to choose from that can be used at home and on the road.

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Packing several cosmetic and jewelry cases for the girls and dopp kits for the guys helps to keep the small things organized. See our wide selection of styles and sizes! With as many travelers as I have, monogramming our travel gear helps keep our stuff personable and organized in our VRBO or hotel.

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A cooler bag for the car helps to keep those travel drinks and snacks cold.

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And last but not least, be sure to bring your travel journal to write about all the fun family adventures to treasure for a lifetime!

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I hope your 2020 adventures are fabulous and fun…and organized!

Happy travels!

Buffy Johnson

Customer Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monograms on Monograms!

I think Reese Witherspoon said it best.  “If it’s not moving, monogram it!”

I live in the heart of the south, where our cloth napkins are monogrammed, luggage, gifts for weddings and babies, even bedding, shower curtains and silverware!  Embroidery isn’t a quick afterthought.   It takes time, planning, patience and experience to do it well.  It also takes the right tools.  It can elevate a store-bought gift into something really special.
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Our diaper bags that are trimmed in ricrac or white piping are the perfect baby gift!  And don’t let the navy and light blue bags lean exclusively towards boys.  A curly vine monogram for a little girl in the coordinating white piping is gorgeous!  And a light pink monogram would really pop on the navy.  Our white pique blankets are the perfect blank canvas for a name or monogram! Paired with the coordinating bib and burp cloth, and it’s the quintessential baby shower gift.
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Also, graduation will be here before you know it.  And monogramming our linen bags would be the gift every senior would love to carry into their first years of college.  Choose a duffle, cosmetic bag and train case – personalize each piece and it looks like a million bucks!   Or for an understated, classic gift, personalizing one of the linen bible covers, and including a family bible is a touching, heartfelt present.
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I love to monogram or appliqué and I try to find a way to incorporate it into most of the gifts I give. It’s thoughtful, and most importantly, personal. And isn’t that what we all want when we receive a gift?

Skye St. John

Jackson, MS Sales Representative

Holiday Traditions from MSC!

Happy Holidays!  MSC employees share their favorite family traditions for this special time of the year.  We love learning more about our colleagues and their family’s traditions and some great ideas for new traditions of your own.

Julie Marshall – We always have a real Christmas tree. My husband and I always had one growing up, and for us- Christmas wouldn’t be the same without that intoxicating pine smell! In my small northeast Ohio hometown, there was one local tree farm that we would go to every year to chop down our family tree- Wilcox Tree Farm in LaGrange, Ohio. When I met my husband, (who was born and raised in a town an hour away from mine) as I was getting to know him, I found out that he worked that tree farm as a teenager. Our paths probably crossed before we even knew each other! Wilcox Tree Farm will always hold a special place in our heart during this time of year and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same for the Marshalls without a real tree! The first Christmas we had with our (now three-year-old) daughter, we got a little excited at the tree lot and got a Griswold-size tree. We had to cut about a foot off of the top to make it fit! It was a fun memory made, and it was the most majestic tree we’ve ever had!


Rae Marie Czuhai – Christmas is all about family and friends for me!  For the first time since my children have been born, they are going to miss one of our longest-standing Christmas traditions, The Robbins’ Christmas Party!! It has been a little traumatic for all of us but it is for a sweet and fun reason. John and his girlfriend Katie, have planned a trip out of town for Caroline to see one of her favorite performers.  It was such a thoughtful gesture on John’s part but still a little bittersweet for Momma! I told them that I have always heard that you need to skip a tradition so that it becomes sweeter the next time that you experience it.  I will let y’all know how that works out for me after Saturday night!
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Allison Haley – My dad was one of ten kids in his family, so Christmas was crazy when he was growing up.  To keep their gifts separated under the tree his parents made boxes with their name written on them that their gifts were placed in.  The special thing about these boxes is… they had the same box every year.  They were told to not break the box (which could be hard considering 8 of the ten were boys) because they had to use the same box year after year! When I was born my dad made a box for me to carry on the tradition and the same when my sister was born.  Every year our boxes were filled with fruit, candy and daily necessity items (as when my dad was a kid that was basically what their gifts were) and our presents were put around our boxes.  Getting up on Christmas morning to see what Santa had left in our boxes was always so fun (We didn’t run for the toys first, we always went through the boxes first), but the reality is you always knew it would be the same thing.   My sister and I still have our boxes and we still have my dad’s box.  It is so nostalgic to get them out and see them year after year. It is amazing the meaning a 61, 39, & 33-year-old box can be to someone.

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Sara Tate – I have to say, I am pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas. Everything from old, traditional Christmas music, to basic white Christmas lights, to the old, classic Christmas movies like “It’s A Wonderful Life.” There’s nothing I would trade for our family’s traditions. Decorating Christmas cookies with my sister, eating my mom’s sausage balls on the couch while we open gifts. Christmas Eve dinner at my Nanny’s, Christmas day lunch at my Grandma’s. While many things in life are constantly changing, there’s something special about keeping Christmas the same. My Grandma’s tree has looked the same every year for my entire life (and probably my dad’s!) with tinsel and cotton on every branch!

Ashley Uptegraft – My family is Jewish and we celebrate Hanukkah! The first night of Hanukkah starts this Sunday night (there are 8 nights total!) and we usually have a big party at my grandparents’ house with all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles. We get together early in the day and make a TON of latkes (potato pancakes!) and then we finally all sit down to eat and drink and catch up! After dinner, we light the menorah and typically have a few family friends over so they can experience and understand the holiday! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family 💙💙

Jordan Godwin – Growing up, Christmas Eve was always my favorite day of the year. Since before I could remember, my dad and I spent the entire day together running various errands and last-minute shopping. In true tradition, we always had the same schedule: Leave the house at 4am, go to the YMCA to swim, breakfast at McDonald’s, and then supporting the same local stores every year – they all knew to look for my dad and me on December 24th! We would then stop by my Grandmother’s to hang out and eat Holiday treats before ending the day with a Christmas Eve Dinner with extended family. Even though the day rarely changed, I always looked forward to spending the day with my dad. Now that I’m grown, and out of the house, my Christmas Eve memories with my dad are some of my most treasured memories. Though the day was never elaborate or outstanding, the quality time spent with my dad can never be replaced.

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Bailey Weaver – I love all of the holidays, however, Christmas is definitely my favorite! Ever since I can remember, we always do lunch with my dad’s side of the family and dinner with my mom’s side. I’m so blessed to be able to see my entire family all in one day and over two delicious meals!! Every year we take group photos and this is hands down, my favorite tradition! I love looking at each year and seeing our families grow! These pictures are from last year and I’m excited to take this year’s picture!

Martha Avant – Every year my family has many traditions that I look forward to but my favorite has to be our Annual Christmas Party. I am from a very large family and this get-together is always the highlight of the season. We enjoy delicious homemade food, fun gift exchanges and each other’s company! It can be hard throughout the year to find the time to see each other but we all understand the importance being with each other when the holidays are here.

 

Micaela Arnett – Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday and always has been! My mom and grandparents have always made it so special for my brothers and I. Something funny that my mom still insists us kids do is take a picture in front of the Christmas tree so she can make a photo ornament for that year. I’ll include my favorites. Sing it with me, It’s a…family tradition!!!

We hope that you have had a special time this holiday with your family and friends!  Do you have a great tradition that you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!  Tag us in your post or leave us a note here!

Happy New Year!

Your MSC Team

Christmas Memories and Traditions

Christmas is such a fun and wonderful time of the year!  I love to spend time with my two boys; Mario and Sebastian. As soon as it gets cold, they start asking when we can get a tree and start decorating. The boys absolutely adore going to the local tree farm, searching high and low to find the perfect tree for the season. Of course, getting it on the car and in to the house is a completely different experience, but fun one! The boys also enjoy putting out cookies for Santa and our Milk and Cookies for Santa jar is such a great addition to our Christmas Eve traditions! Like most kids, they love little compartments for little things, so the design of our Milk and Cookies for Santa jar is super exciting for them.  By the way-stay tuned for our 2020 updated design for our “Milk and Cookies for Santa” jar!

As a mom, our Christmas memory book is a must-have. Especially since I’m a mom of two little ones; we sometimes forget all of the little things that make the season so fun.  Our Christmas Memory Book does the thinking for me so my family and I can enjoy looking back through the memories year after year.  It’s nice to look back and remember the moments of season’s past as a family. Utilizing the book each year ensures we won’t forget any special details. After all, making memories and new traditions are the true gift.

Through out all of the hustle and bustle, as a busy working mom, we sometimes feel that time is slipping by so fast. Our babies become toddlers, our toddlers become little boys, and before you know it they are off to school and those younger days will start to fade. Having a keepsake such as the memory book keeps those memories alive and fun to relive and read each year with the boys.  As my oldest son is starting to read and write more on his own, I will find him reading and looking through the memory books and even including a favorite memory each year of his own – it’s so special!  And how perfect to gift this special tradition to the grandparents!  Something they can look forward to year after year with their grandchildren.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season making memories and practicing those old family traditions or starting new ones with your families.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Nancy M.

 

Gift Giving Any Time of Year!

Hello!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of cooking and sharing ideas from… the kitchen!

Our Holiday bowls and spreaders, along with other various dishes, can be paired together with your favorite recipe to share with friends and family.

The bowls and spreaders can be wrapped with ingredients or mixes along with a favorite recipe for dips and spreads. This year I did my Creamy Fruit Dip which has been a HUGE hit at the office (see recipe below)!  Great hostess gifts for parties or just a cute way to display your creations for upcoming Holiday events. Another simple and sweet idea is to make a batch of your favorite sweet treat and wrap along inside the perfect bowl to compliment the gift.

I also like to use the platters and coordinating bowls for various chips and salsa or other dip recipes. They also work great for taco or salad night for all of the various toppings. There are endless possibilities to put these items to use!

Get creative in the kitchen and gift a sweet treat that anyone will love… and remember!

Happy Gifting,

Jackie

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Creamy Fruit Dip:

What you will need-

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

7 oz. Marshmallow Fluff

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

2 tbsp. Dulce De Leche or Caramel Sauce

Pinch of Sea Salt for topping

Instructions:

Using a mixer, combine all ingredients until creamy.  Transfer to a serving bowl & chill.  Top with drizzled caramel & sea salt as desired.

Serve with sliced apples, pears, sugar snaps, or even pretzels.

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Two Products, Multiple Uses!

Here are a couple savvy tips and tricks for multiple ways to use our Jewelry Cube and Beach Towel. 

I love it when products have the ability to be used in different ways- it just makes life easier! Here are a couple savvy tips and tricks for multiple ways to use our Jewelry Cube and Beach Towel. 

Jewelry Cube- This item is truly a great piece for jewelry because it keeps your items from tangling by keeping them separated in the three pouches. However, it also works great for organizing your chargers! You can use the pouches the separate your phone charger from your laptop charger from your headphones! It also is the perfect size to drop in a purse or a backpack.

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Beach Towel- This product is a fabulous towel because it absorbs quickly and dries quickly. However, it also makes a stylish wrap if you get cold in church, while in a restaurant, or tailgating! It also can be used as a throw blanket on a bed or on a couch.  I even like to roll mine up and bring it into the movie theater because it gets so chilly in there! 

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We would love to see all the different ways you use Mainstreet Collection products! Tag us on IG or Facebook @mainstreetcollection with all the fun and creative uses you find for your favorite MSC items! 

Thanks so much, 

Bailey

Make a Polka Dotted Pumpkin

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season! 

Yes, we did and so can you!

Whenever my daughter is home from college we always have at least one art/craft project on the agenda and this Fall Break I was dying to take a drill to my pumpkins.  Caroline had volunteered at a children’s “Make It & Take It” art event at her college and said it was easy.  I figured if they could do it around kids, surely I could handle it.  So we did!

Here are the steps that we took and the items that we gathered before we began.

  • PUMPKIN (the bigger the better for me!)
  • Spray paint if you want a color & painter’s tape
  • Power Drill, Circle Drill Bit – 1 3/4″(Craftsman calls it a Hole Saw)
  • Newspaper
  • Knife and kitchen spoon to clean out the pumpkin
  • Safety goggles
  • Tape measure, pencil or Sharpie.
  • Tall pillar candle (4 to 5 inches tall)

Step 1: Wear old clothes and safety goggles because pumpkin bits and pieces will start flying when the drill hits that pumpkin. Definitely an outside project!

Step 2:  Wash pumpkin and let dry.  Put painter’s tape around the pumpkin stem to keep it the natural color. Spray paint your pumpkin on newspaper and let dry.

Step 3:  Cut a circle around the top of the pumpkin and pull gently on the stem to remove it from the pumpkin.  Clean out the seeds and pumpkin fibers. (SAVE the seeds for roasting!! YUM!)

Step 4:  If you want your polka dots to be uniformly placed on the pumpkin then use a tape measure and mark off where you want your polka dots placed.  We started at the top and placed a mark every 4 inches for the center of our polka dot.

(There are so many sizes of circle drill bits but I chose just one for my first time. I am definitely going back to get some other sizes so I can try another one with more random placement of the polka dots and sizes!!) 

Step 5:  We did re-spray paint a few areas of the pumpkin again after the drilling but it really is not necessary. (One of us is a perfectionist and one of us is not!)

Step 6:  We used a tall candle in the pumpkin to make it very bright. At first, we used a small votive candle and it did not give us enough light to brighten all of our polka dots so… I went back inside and found a taller, brighter candle.

This was a quick project that only took us about two hours including the drying time.  If you decide to try it, please share by tagging us @mainstreetcollection or use #MSCpolkadot.  We would love to see your pumpkin projects this season!

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Rae Marie

 

 

Meeting Pam Shuler…the artist behind Shuler Studio

In our corner of the monogramming world, we have recently enjoyed stitching out the Monogram Chic Embroidery Collection by Shuler Studios.  Classic, yet up-to-date is how we describe this two letter interlocking monogram embroidery font.  From our linen Weekender Duffle to our flange pillowcases to our Canvas Collection, we have loved it in every two letter initial combination that we tried.  And of course, we do have our favs!


One of the highlights of July 2018 Atlanta Market was meeting Pam Shuler.  And yes- we were honored to have Pam in the MSC Showroom!  I mean really…If you love monograms as much as we do, then you truly understand our excitement in meeting Pam.  Pam was so gracious, very sweet and oh so humble about her talent!

Like many success stories, Shuler Studios is a second career opportunity for Pam, born out of a passion for monograms and what she knows!  Pam’s mother was a monogrammer, (when monogram machines took up an entire room) and who monogrammed everything the family owned!  Remembering her mom’s old block, script and diamond fonts, Pam began to study fonts and the digital side of monogramming. We are so glad that you did!

Pam, we are sure that your mother would be so PROUD and AMAZED at all the beautiful places that your monogram styles are now appearing! Thanks for sharing your love of letters and monograms with us!

Check out our Canvas Collection, Fringe Guest Towels, and Throw Pillow Covers at www.gowhimsey.com.

For Retail shoppers, shop our Monogram It section of our website at www.mainstreetcollectiononline.com 

XoXo,

MSC